SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman was arrested Sunday, and now sits in the Marion County Jail accused of killing a family’s pet rabbit.
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a Salem property around 11 a.m. yesterday. A family on Silverton Road NE said that a woman had wandered onto their property. At first, they thought she had stolen their bunny from its outdoor pen, but then they found their pet dead.
The Anderson Family
The family said Monday they are heartbroken and confused, wondering why someone would kill their bunny.
The owners of the property, Hatti Anderson and her husband, are great-grandparents. They bought the 2 acres of land about 3 years ago as a place to make good memories with their great-grandchildren. They have horses, chickens, cats, dogs, and bunnies.
“I mean, this is my castle,” Anderson said. She said they have family over almost every day.
Finding their pet bunny dead
On Sunday morning, Anderson noticed a woman wandering around their property near their garage and the bunny pen. She yelled at the woman from her porch, and the woman eventually headed back toward the road.
That’s when Anderson went outside and found the pen door open and their bunny “Ollie” dead in a pile of debris.
“It’s my place and I was very violated that someone would come and do such a horrible thing,” said Anderson. “To me, as well as to the bunny. Any they don’t even know us. I just felt horrible.”
A short time later, she said the woman came back to their property. That’s when Anderson called the Sheriff’s Office and deputies arrested the suspect, later identified as Chantel Scott, 38. According to Anderson, there is a homeless camp about a half-mile from her property but said that they’ve never had any problems in the past.
“I hope she goes to jail for a long time because she killed an animal and that’s animal abuse,” Anderson said. “And that animal was innocent.”
Scott initially refused to give investigators her name and was booked as Jane Doe. She is due in Marion County Court Tuesday. She faces multiple charges, including animal abuse, criminal mischief and trespassing.
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