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Denver Sheriff’s Deputy Guilty of Animal Cruelty Oversees Inmates at Jail

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Alvin Perez, a Denver sheriff’s deputy found guilty of animal cruelty after using Mace on a rabbit, is back on the job, monitoring inmates at the Denver County Jail following a two-month suspension without pay. Last year, he saw a rabbit outside the jail while he was on break, according to a criminal complaint, pulled out his Mace, and sprayed the animal without provocation, writes The Denver Post. Perez, who declined comment, was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and a $500 fine. The Post did not report what happened to the rabbit. Hopefully it didn’t end up in the pet Easter bunny market. According to the St. Petersburg Times, despite the annual warnings that animal shelters are forced to kill numerous rabbits returned in the days and weeks following Easter, people continue to impulsively buy them.

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