Bellingham man jailed, suspected of killing roommate's rabbit

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 29, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - A Bellingham man was arrested on suspicion of killing his roommate's pet rabbit this weekend.

Gregory James Irons, 32, got into an argument with his 53-year-old flatmate Saturday night, April 27, at their home in the 900 block of Key Street. While Irons was still angry, the brown-and-gray rabbit wandered into his first-floor room, according to police.

Irons later told officers he was sick and tired of the pet roaming the house, so he "tossed the rabbit out of his room," according to police. (A police report didn't clarify whether the rabbit got tossed outside or into another room.)

Then Irons attacked his roommate, leaving the victim with injuries to his face, police spokesman Mark Young said. The roommate's lamp broke during the scuffle.

Police arrived to find the deceased rabbit in a flowerbed outside. Irons claimed he didn't think he had hurt the animal.

He was arrested on suspicion of three misdemeanors: taking or killing a pet, third-degree domestic violence malicious mischief and fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

The name, age and gender of the rabbit weren't released. The Whatcom Humane Society was not asked to perform a necropsy, said society director Laura Clark.

Irons has one felony on his record, for illegal possession of a prescription drug in 2008.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read his dispatcher blog at blogs.bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher or follow him on Twitter at @bhamcrime.

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