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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Cumbrian man hurled rabbit in hutch during row with partner

A man threw a hutch containing a pet rabbit following a row with his partner.

Martyn McHardy said he was “raging” when he hurled the hutch, shouting: “Here! Have your rabbit.”

But he denied throwing it across a road, the allegation of which he was accused.

McHardy, 25, of Lochinvar Close, Longtown, appeared at North Cumbria Magistrates’ Court in Carlisle, where he admitted causing unnecessary suffering.

Pam Ward, prosecuting, said a neighbour was woken up by “a domestic argument” on May 31.

He saw a car pull up outside and a woman went into a nearby yard.

“Once inside the shouting got louder,” she told the court. “He saw the defendant go into the yard and pick up the rabbit hutch.”

Mrs Ward said he threw it across the road. The neighbour went out. The rabbit, she added, was “cowering”.

Police were called and checked out the rabbit,

“It seemed physically okay but it did seem to be in shock,” said Mrs Ward.

“In police interview he said he’d arrived home from work and argued with his partner because the house was in a mess.”

McHardy, defending himself in court, said: “It was the wrong thing to do. I should have just taken it back to the pet shop.”

Magistrates fined him £270 plus £85 court costs.

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