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James Wertz Punched Rabbit During Fight About Women's Rights: Cops

07/03/2014 12:14 pm ET | Updated Jul 03, 2014
Palm Beach County Jail

A Florida man is behind bars after allegedly punching and choking his girlfriend's pet rabbit.

James Wertz, 28, was arrested June 27 in connection to an incident that started over an argument about women's rights with his girlfriend, Dana Jongeward at their Boynton Beach home.

At one point, tempers flared and Wertz yelled that it was a man's world, according to the police report.

While Jongeward hid in her bedroom to get away from Wertz, she claims one of her two pet rabbits screamed.

Jongeward came out and allegedly saw Wertz punching and choking one of her rabbits, a 9-month-old named "Bun Bun." She told police she could see blood coming from the rabbit's eyes.

"It was shocking, the most horrible thing I could walk out of bedroom to see," she told the Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Wertz allegedly became enraged and threw her across the living room when she tried calling 911, according to a police report.

Wertz eventually left their home, allowing Jongeward to call1 911. Officers searched the area and eventually arrested Wertz for one count of animal cruelty and one count of domestic battery, WPTV reports.

Wertz is being held at a detention center in West Palm Beach on $3,000 bond, according to the Palm Beach Post.

"Bun Bun" the rabbit's eyes have burst blood vessels, and Jongeward isn’t sure it will regain full vision.

The other rabbit suffered soft-tissue trauma, and both animals are being treated with medication, according to RawStory.com.

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