German police arrest suspected bunny killer

16th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Two other people living there were taken to hospital for health checks as the fire brigade were called to clean up the apartment with full protective clothing.

Berlin -- German police investigating mass killings of pet rabbits in the west of the country said they arrested a suspect on Friday carrying two boxes full of guinea pigs.

The 26-year-old, who has not been named, was picked up at 2:00 a.m. (GMT) in front of his flat in Dortmund with the guinea pigs of unknown provenance, police said in a statement.

"As officers then searched his highly neglected flat they found a large number of animal carcasses as well as living animals. Because of the acute health hazard they had to break off their operation very quickly," the statement said.

Two other people living there were taken to hospital for health checks as the fire brigade were called to clean up the apartment with full protective clothing.

Dortmund police spokesman Kim Freigang told AFP that 58 dead rabbits have been found in the western German city since January 2008, 31 of them without heads. Others have also been found in nearby towns.

Police said they have set up a hotline for people whose guinea pigs have gone missing recently.

AFP/Expatica

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