The reward in the case of pet rabbits being tortured increased twice on Thursday, first from a private donor and then more from a national animal organization.
Shelby Clark had six rabbits in cages at her North Queen Street home in Kinston.
Police say on Saturday morning one rabbit was decapitated while another one was skinned alive. Two other rabbits were stolen.
The Lenoir County SPCA offered a $500 reward, and Kinston police said Thursday morning that a private donor doubled that to $1,000.
Thursday afternoon the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals kicked in another $1,500 for the reward fund.
Now the total stands at $2,500.
Anyone with information on the case of animal cruelty should call the Kinston police tip line at 252-939-4020.
A reward is being offered to find the person or people who decapitated one rabbit and skinned another alive.
Kinston police say it happened Saturday morning at a home on North Queen Street.
Shelby Clark lives at the home and says two other rabbits were stolen from their cage, while two others were not harmed. Police say the rabbit that was skinned has since died.
The Lenoir County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case.
Anyone with information should call Kinston police at 252-939-4020.