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$2,500 reward offered in Virginia Beach rabbit shooting

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Posted at 3:32 PM, May 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-21 15:35:27-04

Virginia Beach, Va. – A $2,500 reward is being offered for help regarding a rabbit shooting case in Virginia Beach, NewsChannel 3 has learned.

PETA has joined the Virginia Beach Animal Control in the search for the suspect or suspects who shot a rabbit with an arrow, PETA said in a news release.

On the afternoon of May 8, a Virginia Beach resident made the discovery in the 1100 block of Selwood Drive, near Providence and Princess Anne roads — a wild rabbit was struggling to move with an arrow stuck in his or her body, according to the release.

Because of the severity of the injury, the rabbit had to be euthanized, and Virginia Beach Animal Control has yet to determine who shot the animal.

PETA is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

“Every moment that this rabbit struggled to move with an arrow piercing his or her body was pure agony,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information to come forward immediately, before someone else is hurt.”

Anyone with information about this case should contact Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887). Callers may remain anonymous.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.