- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque man is facing extreme cruelty to animal charges after authorities say he killed his sister’s pet rabbit that she had received as a Christmas gift.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://goo.gl/bd5trR) that 32-year-old Robert Valerio was arrested Tuesday after Valerio and his 28-year-old sister exchanged blows over the dead animal.

A police report says other family members had restrained Robert Valerio until police arrived.

Police say they found the sister “sitting on the ground with a blanket in front of her and a dead bunny rabbit.”

A criminal complaint says officers arrested him but didn’t interview him because he was too intoxicated.

Animal Welfare Department spokeswoman Desiree Cawley says the animal was sent to a lab for a necropsy.

It was not known if Valerio had an attorney.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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