#TheList Frankie Hudson (DoB 10/04/1995), Martin John Bell (DoB 08/04/1994), Dominic David Baker (DoB 27/09/1996) and Jordan Steel (DoB 20/07/1997), all originally of Seaham, County Durham – tortured a mother rabbit to death; the rabbit’s babies all died from starvation.
The female rabbit, named Percy, was stolen from her hutch and taken to a house party and abused with a picture posted on social network Instagram.
The group involved in the abuse comprised Martin Bell of 102 Parkside Crescent, Seaham, Frankie Hudson currently of 10 Langhurst, Sunderland, Dominic Baker, whose family home is 212 Station Road, Seaham but who’s currently studying at Leeds University, and Jordan Steel currently of 24 Stavordale Street, Seaham (addresses correct at July 2018).
The court heard how Hudson, Bell and Baker were already naked in a bath at the party when Steel, who had taken the rabbit from Embleton Mews in Dawdon, threw the animal in with them.
During the ordeal, Percy was washed and attempts made to shave her fur. Bell then threw her from a window.
The attack was captured on a mobile phone and later posted online.
The bench was told the rabbit, who belonged to a local family, suffered a ruptured liver, broken ribs and abdominal injuries, with the most damage caused by her dislocated head.
One of the youths had wrung the rabbit’s neck after finding her on the ground, hurt and unable to stand. Her body was then put into a bin liner and dumped.
The white lion-headed rabbit had only recently given birth to a litter of five, which died because they could not survive without their mother.
All four thugs admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Bell and Hudson were sentenced to an 18-month community order, with supervision, 200 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £85 costs and £50 in compensation. They were also banned from keeping animals for five years.
Baker and Steel were given 12-month referral orders, ordered to pay costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £15 and £50 compensation to the pet owners. They have also been banned from keeping animals for five years.