Sarasota deputies ask for help finding Englewood man charged with burning ‘Thumper’


The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate an Englewood man charged with aggravated animal cruelty for the intentional burning of a domestic rabbit.

Deputies are searching for Manasseh Walker, 22, who they have reason to believe may be hiding in the Punta Gorda/Charlotte County area, according to the release.

On June 14 the sheriff’s office posted photos of the injured rabbit to its social media accounts. Thanks to “a ton of public interest,” the owner reportedly disclosed details of the incident.

According to witnesses, Walker claimed he had been bitten June 12 by “Thumper,” and a few moments later was seen chasing the animal while it was on fire. Deputies are trying to find Walker, the release states.

The sheriff’s office has posted an update to social media using the hashtag #JusticeForThumper.