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Aug 29, 2013 11:24 PM by Mike Manzoni -- mmanzoni@kristv.com

Someone Kills Family's Rabbits, Makes Threat

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A teacher from St. Pius Elementary School knocked on Jonathan Rodriguez' door last Thursday morning. She was there to tell him his seven pet rabbits were dead and sprawled across his front lawn.

"It was pretty obvious that a person had done it," said Rodriguez. "I cleaned up the mess that had been made and before any of the little kids that go to school over here were traumatized by what they saw."

Rodriguez and his wife, Michelle, said it all started when Animal Control called them earlier this month and told them someone in the area filed a complaint about their rabbits, which they kept caged in their front yard. Animal Control told them they were not violating any city ordinances. A couple days later, Rodriguez found the rabbits strangled-to-death, each laid neatly next to one another.

But it didn't end there. Rodriguez said whoever did it called one of his relatives at work Thursday afternoon, a week after the incident, warning the dead rabbits was only the beginning.

"[He said] killing the rabbits was only the first step and that if we didn't move the hutches out of the front yard that something else was going to happen."

Rodriguez, who said he believes the person responsible lives in the neighborhood, plans to file a police report Friday morning about the phone threat.

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