Success: Rabbit Beaten and Decapitated Receives Justice

Target: Tom Colvin, Chief Executive Officer of Animal Rescue League of Iowa

Goal: Thank those who sought justice for a rabbit brutally beaten and beheaded.

A convicted animal cruelty offender was given a two-year prison sentence after he brutally killed a beloved rabbit. Petunia was found beaten and beheaded at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) following a visit with the offender and she has finally received justice, partially thanks to dedicated rescuers and those who signed this ForceChange petition.

“I’m having rabbit stew tonight.” This horrific statement haunted ARL rescuers after Bobby Gene Carothers said them as he was leaving the Des Moines animal shelter. Shortly thereafter, a rescuer found Petunia, the shelter’s rabbit, beheaded and badly beaten. Carothers admitted to beating Petunia with a stick and killing her, telling police he committed the act of cruelty because he was hungry.

ARL obtained a protective order that prevents Carothers from entering any of their facilities. They also submitted dozens of victim impact statements to the court for consideration, assisting in the conviction and punishment of this offender. Sign below and thank them for their continued dedication to animal welfare.


Dear Mr. Colvin,

Your tireless efforts to seek justice for Petunia have finally paid off. Bobby Gene Carothers, the now-convicted animal cruelty offender who beat Petunia with a stick and then removed her head during a visit to your shelter, has been sentenced to a two-year prison sentence along with a hefty fine.

One more animal cruelty offender is off the streets and you had a hand in making this come to pass. Thank you for submitting the victim impact statements and for remaining vigilant during this case to ensure this outcome. Iowa’s animals are safer because of you.


[Your Name Here]

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