Reward increased in Kinston animal cruelty case
Posted November 1, 2013
Kinston, N.C. — Kinston police are asking for the public’s help in solving a disturbing case of animal cruelty.
Police said they responded to a call Saturday morning from homeowner Shelby Clark and found someone had decapitated one of her pet rabbits. Another rabbit was skinned alive and left inside its cage. It has since died.
Two of her six rabbits were stolen from her home on North Queen Street, and two others were left unharmed.
The Lenoir County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a private donor have contributed to a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. The reward amount was raised Friday to $2,500.
"Anyone sick enough to decapitate and maim a defenseless animal may do the same to other pets or possibly a human. The person or persons involved in this senseless crime need to be off our streets,” said Woody Spencer, spokesman for the Kinston Department of Public Safety.
Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 252-939-4020.