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Reward increased in Kinston animal cruelty case

Posted November 1, 2013

— 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.


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  • meep Nov 1, 2013

    I think you folks advocating death for the culprit are almost as sick as he/she is

  • Tax Man Nov 1, 2013

    That perpetrator is one sick cookie. Hope someone puts an end to his/her misery soon.

  • Desiderata Nov 1, 2013

    Who ever did this needs to CEASE TO EXIST ! The sooner the better.

  • kbird Nov 1, 2013

    Sometimes i really hate people!

  • jetset Nov 1, 2013

    OMG! some people are so evil. Twisted, evil mind. They need to serve some time in prison for this, although I know they will not.

  • twoods7 Nov 1, 2013

    I am proud to know that here in NC we care enough to offer a reward to bring to justice those responsible for these vile acts. Yet our Gov't hasn't offered a plug nickles reward for those responsible for what happened in Benghazi. Shameful...

  • scubagirl2 Nov 1, 2013

    "At least decapitation is quick" One can only HOPE it was quick but anyone who would skin a rabbit alive could well have PULLED the head off. Hate to even think that but there truly are some very sick folks out there. I hope he/she/they are quickly caught and punished to the fullest extent possible.....and I'd love to help.

  • icdumbpeople Nov 1, 2013

    I will add money to this pot. This sends the fire down my back.

  • kcollier39 Nov 1, 2013

    i would match that reward right now if i thought that whoever done it got caught and actually got punished for it but in reality we all know they will be fined and out on the street within hours.

  • djofraleigh Nov 1, 2013

    I'll add some money to the pot on that reward...