clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Man arrested after killing 2nd rabbit in 3 months in someone’s backyard, police say

Adobe Stock image

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man was arrested over the weekend after police say he used a stick to hit and kill a rabbit in someone’s backyard, saying he was trying to catch it to keep as a pet.

Nathanael Wilson, 26, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Sunday for investigation of aggravated cruelty to animals. He was arrested in September and accused of killing another rabbit then, according to police.

About 7 a.m. Sunday, Salt Lake police were called to a report of a trespasser who was “killing rabbits” in a backyard near 300 North and 900 West, a police affidavit states.

Police found Wilson who said “he was trying to catch rabbits to keep them for pets,” according to the affidavit. When asked about a dead rabbit that was also in the backyard, Wilson said “that he had used a stick on the rabbit and that it was too young to take the hit and it died.”

In the September case, Wilson used rocks and ‘chunks of cement” to kill rabbits and was seen driving while holding one out the window, according to police.

“(Wilson) did not show remorse for killing the rabbit and seemed emotionless about his actions and was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. (He) killed the rabbit for no known reason other than to kill it,” the affidavit states.

Wilson’s girlfriend was found in a car nearby, cited for drug possession and was released, police said.