A 23-year-old man is facing arraignment Monday on charges stemming from the killings and mutilations of several pet rabbits at a North Adams business this week, officials said today.
Wayne C. Brackett of North Adams was identified after surveillance footage of the incident was released to the public, according to a statement by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“We hope that news of this arrest will bring some relief to the residents of this quiet community as well as the family who lost many defenseless pets to such senseless and savage acts of cruelty,” MSPCA Law Enforcement Sergeant Roy Sutton said in the statement.
The rabbits were found "strewn about" Berkshire County Construction on Ashland Street about 9 p.m. Tuesday, the MSPCA said Thursday. There were signs of a break-in, the MSPCA said.
The business is operated by the family of the pet owner, and the animals were kept at that location, said Brian Adams, a spokesman for the MSPCA.
One rabbit was found hanging by a chain, the MSPCA said. Its ears and tail had been cut off.
The investigation was conducted by MSPCA Law Enforcement and the North Adams Police.
Brackett faces several charges, including five counts of animal cruelty and five counts of malicious killing of an animal. He is also charged with breaking and entering and malicious destruction of property.
The arraignment is slated for North Adams District Court.
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