July 3rd, 2013 | by ANDREA DAMEWOOD News |

Bunny Burgled: 19-Pound Rabbit Stolen From Southeast Portland

     
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Bonnie, a 19-pound Flemish Giant rabbit, has been bunnynapped from her hutch in Southeast Portland, police say.

The police bureau is investigating Bonnie's disapperance, which happened outside a home on the 2200 block of Southeast Woodward Street, sometime between 9 pm on June 27 and 8 am on June 28.

The case has shades of the Roger the Rabbit bunnynapping in January 2012, when he was among 18 rabbits  stolen from the Portland Meat Collective. At first, 17 of the 18 bunnies were returned, but Roger remained at large. After a week of negotiations, that too came to a hoppy ending: the animal-rights activist who kept Roger agreed to return him.

In this case, police say "the victim told police that a few weeks prior to the theft, a woman claiming to be a 'rabbit advocate' came to the door and offered her information on how to care for Bonnie. At this time it is not known if this incident is in any way connected to the theft."

Police didn't give Bonnie's owner's name, but did say they provided the photos. Police also clarified that Bonnie was not wearing the hoodie at the time of the theft.

From the press release:

There is no suspect information on the person responsible for the theft. The victim has worked with the Oregon Humane Society to accept the rabbit from anyone who brings "Bonnie" in to the shelter, no questions asked.

Under Oregon law, theft of a companion animal is a Class C Felony.

Anyone with information about this theft can submit it by email to CrimeTips@PortlandOregon.gov.
 
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