Shocking CCTV footage taken in Dunedin shows a man brutally
smashing a stolen pet rabbit against a wall before tossing
its lifeless body over a fence.
The footage shows the man running along Arthur St carrying
the rabbit, which he had stolen from a nearby property just
before 9.30pm on Monday.
He then stops and slams the rabbit three times into a
concrete wall, before throwing it several metres into the air
and into a neighbour's garden.
That footage has appalled Isaiah Chong, who along with his
four student flatmates, bought Dorian, a Jersey wooly rabbit,
three months ago.
Still from CCTV footage of the person alleged to have
stolen and killed a pet rabbit from an Arthur St flat in
Dunedin. Photo supplied.
The 1-year-old rabbit stayed in a hutch in the secured
front yard of the property, and the usually friendly and placid
Dorian was heard squealing on the night of the incident.
''We ran out and everything in the front yard was trashed, I
am guessing [the offender] did that so Dorian didn't have
anywhere to hide.''
The flatmates searched with torches, and were later contacted
by a resident saying a man dressed in black, wearing a
beanie, gloves and a backpack with a reflective strip, had
been spotted acting suspiciously.
Supplied footage showed the man earlier walking past the
homes and staring at the property, before returning trying to
Initially unsuccessful, he later returned and jumped the
fence where he grabbed Dorian and then sprinted away, Mr
It was only when the flatmates watched the supplied footage
the following day they discovered what happened to their pet.
''It was really vicious,'' he said.
The flatmates found Dorian at a neighbouring property.
''He didn't deserve that. He was a nice rabbit, friendly and
Senior Sergeant Tania Baron said the incident was ''cruel and
senseless'', and police were reviewing the supplied footage.
If anyone recognises the alleged offender, they are urged to
contact Dunedin Police on 471-4800 or anonymously on the
Crimestoppers line (0800-0555-111).