Police: Charges expected after attempted pet rabbit drowning

Police: Charges expected after attempted pet rabbit drowning

An east Tennessee family is hoping to locate their pet rabbit, a Flemish giant that weighs nearly 20 pounds.

RAYMOND, N.H. — New Hampshire officials say animal cruelty charges are expected following the discovery of a rabbit with a rope around its neck in a river.

Raymond police said kayakers found the rabbit struggling in the Lamprey River late Sunday afternoon. They said the rope around the rabbit's neck was attached to a five-pound weight.

Matthew Cobb, a veterinarian, told WMUR-TV that the treatment of the rabbit was "sick." He said the rabbit swallowed a lot of river water but is recovering.

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Police said the rabbit is a pet, and animal cruelty charges are pending against a juvenile. The investigation is continuing.