Not guilty pleas entered for Mass. man accused of killing rabbits; suspect held on $25K bail

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with mutilating and killing five pet rabbits during a break-in at a construction company has been ordered held on $25,000 cash bail.

Not guilty pleas were entered Monday on behalf of Wayne Brackett Jr. in Northern Berkshire District Court to charges including animal cruelty and breaking and entering.

Police arrested the 23-year-old North Adams man on Friday after getting a tip from someone who recognized him from surveillance video taken at Berkshire County Construction.

Authorities say Brackett broke into the company last Tuesday and killed five of the owners' daughter's 17 rabbits.

Brackett told police he had been drinking and smoking marijuana and did not remember harming the animals. His mother told The Transcript of North Adams that her son "needs help."


Information from: North Adams Transcript,