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Sunday 20 April 2014

Video: Youth could face jail after admitting throwing homeless man’s rabbit into Liffey

A DUBLIN youth has pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty and torture charge after a homeless man's pet rabbit was thrown into the River Liffey last year.

John Byrne (39), who had spent the previous 22 years living on the streets, had been sitting on O'Connell Bridge in Dublin city-centre for 10 days when his pet rabbit Barney was thrown into the Liffey, on July 3, 2011.



Hundreds watched as he risked his own life and went into the river to save Barney. Both were subsequently rescued by the Dublin Fire Brigade. His rescue of the rabbit was captured on video and went viral on the internet with clips on the You Tube website getting tens of thousands of hits.

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