A Santa Paula man was arrested Saturday for allegedly swinging a rabbit by the ears and setting the animal on fire.
Police were called to the 200 block of March Street after witnesses reported the incident. By the time officers arrived, the suspect had fled on a bicycle, police said.
Authorities later arrested Juan Lemus, 29. According to a police statement, Lemus claimed the rabbit was dead when he picked it up and that he set a paper on fire, not the bunny.