Teen accused of throwing rabbit by its ears charged with animal abuse

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A 17-year-old girl has been charged with animal abuse after a Snapchat video allegedly showed her grabbing a pet rabbit by the ears and throwing it.  

Metro Animal Care and Control launched an investigation into the incident after the video surfaced a few days ago.  

Police said the teen admitted to throwing the rabbit and she said she did it because she didn’t like the animal.  

“I made contact with her at school and she was very forthcoming,” Sue Baker with Metro Animal Care and Control said. “She told me that this happened, she pulled out her phone and showed me the original video. She indicated she didn’t like the bunny – that it scratched her… and she was annoyed and that’s why she threw it.”  

Baker continued, “She does this all the time. She’s done this before. We immediately transferred the bunny for vet care and there was medical documentation of an old previous injury. These teens abusing these animals – what happens when they become a parent and they don’t have the level of patience and compassion they should have? we need to instill that into our youth.”  

The rabbit was placed in the care of Metro Animal Care and Control.  

Investigators said the teen’s parents could also be charged in the case.  

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