Published on 13WHAM.com
The Humane Society of Greater Rochester arrested a man for abandoning an injured rabbit.
Humane Society Cruelty Investigators said 22-year-old Bradlee Payne, store manager of Country Max in Brockport, NY released a rabbit into the field behind Country Max.
A witness told investigators they observed Payne return to the store through the employee door in the back and then went into the store to confront Payne. The witness was able to catch the rabbit and found that it had a severe injury with an open wound. That person then took the rabbit to a veterinarian, who humanely euthanized the rabbit due to the extent of its injuries.
Payne admitted releasing the wounded rabbit to Humane Society investigators. He is charged with a misdemeanor abandonment charge of an injured rabbit, which can lead to a possible sentence of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
Payne was issued an appearance ticket and will appear in court at a later date.