$1,000 reward offered for domestic rabbit shot with dart

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MURRAY, UT (April 10, 2018) -- Humane Society of Utah offers a reward for arrest and conviction in rabbit shooting case


The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for shooting a male 2-month-old domestic rabbit named Buttons Friday, April 6, in Highland, Utah. Katie, a 15-year-old girl from American Fork, and her brother caught Buttons at Highland Glen Park after noticing his injury. The HSU hopes the reward assists the Lone Peak Police Department in obtaining information required to identify and charge whoever is responsible for this act of animal cruelty.


According to a report on KSL.com April 9, Riverwood Pet Hospital Veterinarian Yoeny Dobson was able to gently pull out the dart. “He got lucky that it just navigated under the bunny's skin," said Dobson.


Buttons is recovering with Katie and her family in their home.


“We are concerned that someone discharged a dart gun within city limits for many reasons,” said Gene Baierschmidt, HSU executive director. “We take every case of animal cruelty seriously and recognize the link between animal abuse and other crimes. The person responsible needs to be held accountable before another animal or a person is harmed.   


Under the Utah State Code, the perpetrator may be charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, a person could face a term not exceeding one year and/or a fine up to $2,500.


Anyone with information regarding who may be responsible for the shooting of Buttons is urged to contact Lone Peak Police Department at 801-756-9800.