Animal abuse victim is no dumb bunny

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) Lucky the bunny is living up to her name.

It had seemed like luck had run out: Strapped to a powerful explosive with a lit fuse, Lucky was tossed into a lake. But the explosive didn't blow up, the rabbit was pulled out of the water and now lives in a more safe environment.

Lucky's former owner and his friend face misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty after photos of the July 13 incident surfaced on the Internet.

Nick Sigmon, 18, and Paul Collins, 20, are accused of taping an illegal M-1000 a large firecracker equivalent to a quarter stick of dynamite to the rabbit and throwing her into Lake Don Castro in California.

''I think that a lot of people are judging us without knowing us at all,'' Sigmon said. Asked why he fitted Lucky with the explosive, he said, ''Um, that's a real tough question to answer.''

Sigmon said he adopted the bunny after almost running over her with his car, but can no longer care for her because he's starting college this fall at University of California, Santa Barbara, where he plans to study biology.

Lucky is recovering at a foster owner's home, where she's snacking on hay pellets and doing well.

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