Man arrested in mutilations, killings of young girl's rabbits at Mass. construction company

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — A 23-year-old Massachusetts man has been arrested in the mutilations and killings of five pet rabbits at a construction company.

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Wayne C. Brackett was arrested Friday on charges including animal cruelty and killing an animal.

North Adams police say an attacker broke into Berkshire County Construction on Tuesday and killed five of 17 rabbits being raised by the owners' 6-year-old daughter. Nine rabbits are unaccounted for. The Massachusetts SPCA has said one animal was stabbed several times.

SPCA Sgt. Roy Sutton says Friday's arrest followed a review of surveillance tape.

A woman who answered at a telephone listing for Brackett's family declined comment. Authorities didn't know if Brackett has an attorney.