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3rd attack on rabbit sanctuary leaves rescue community reeling - Coombs, BC
Intruders stomp 20 rabbits to death in vicious attack on relocated UVic rabbits in Coombs, BC
For immediate release - July 11, 2011. Coombs, BC The third attack on the relocated UVic rabbits in a Coombs, BC sanctuary shows a dark side to the bucolic rural community on Vancouver Island. There is truly something amiss in this west coast community, one in which several young women have been murdered sadisticly in recent years.
Two previous attacks on the rabbits were carried out by Barb Smith, a retired lawyer who in the first incident shot a group of over 20 escaped rabbits grazing beside their pen, and in the second incident trespassed on sanctuary land and set her dog on the rabbits. The dog subsequently ripped several rabbits to pieces and terrorized the rest. Smith was investigated by the Law Society of BC for her misdeeds.
In this third most recent incident an intruder or intruders climbed over the fence to the sanctuary and broke into cages and rampaged around the pens stomping the rabbits to death. Sanctuary founder and EARS representative Susan Vickery came in to a scene of "blood and broken bodies everywhere" the next morning when she came to feed the rabbits.
"Cages were ripped open and bodies splayed on the grass where they were stomped to death...some had their heads smashed and others had their guts ruptured" she said. "The little ones who couldn't escape were chased into the corners of the barn and crushed...the ones that hid under a carrier top were smashed down in the carrier."
Surveillance equipment and an alarm system have been installed at the sanctuary and the rabbits will have someone on the ground 24/7 from now on.