PETITION TARGET: State Attorney Matthew C. Gedansky
UPDATE (10/16/2023): Patryck Sochocki was charged with first degree felony of malicious wounding/ killing of an animal and has been sentenced to 5 years in prison, suspended after 1 year, according to news— meaning he’ll serve at least one year in jail, although the court will then consider allowing him out of jail if he doesn’t commit any new offenses in that time. He also was sentenced to 5 years probation, meaning he’ll not be allowed to commit any new offenses in that time period without consequence. We thank everyone who signed our petition for this innocent rabbit and to the courts and prosecutors for taking this case seriously. — Lady Freethinker Staff
An innocent rabbit was found bleeding to death with their hind legs, tail, and genitalia cut off just minutes after being purchased from a pet store in Connecticut, reports Fox61.
The suspect, a 25-year-old man named Patryck Sochocki, had chunks of white fur on his shirt when officers approached him during a traffic stop. Inside his vehicle were bloody scissors and the dismembered rabbit, whom the suspect was allegedly mutilating as he drove down the street. The rabbit was later brought to a veterinary hospital and euthanized.
Reports state that Sochocki had bought the rabbit from a pet store just 20 minutes earlier and was observed acting aggressively. He is being charged with animal cruelty, but is already free on a mere $5,000 bond.
Animal law advocates from Desmond’s Army said that this is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty they’ve seen, based on what has been reported.
“It’s premeditated,” said Robin Zillacannamela, president of Desmond’s Army, in a Fox News article, “and [he] could not even wait to get somewhere stationary, but started dismembering it in the vehicle as he was driving.”
Sochocki must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for this sickening act of animal torture. Sign this petition to urge State Attorney Matthew C. Gedansky to ensure this helpless rabbit’s attacker is never allowed near an animal again.