Teen's pet guinea pigs shot, skinned and eaten
A teenage girl in Goodland says she was tricked into giving away her two guinea pigs to a man who shot, skinned, then ate the animals.
Alexia Carson posted an ad to rehome two male guinea pigs on her Facebook page after she says one of her female guinea pigs got pregnant.
She says one man messaged her Monday interested in taking the two guinea pigs. After some conversation with Carson through Facebook Messenger, he revealed that he intended to eat the animals. Carson then declined to rehome the two guinea pigs to him.
Later in the day, Carson says she received a message from a different man who claims the animals were for his son. Carson says her boyfriend knew the second person and she thought he was trustworthy. The second man picked up the two guinea pigs that day, along with some food for the animals.
Tuesday night, while Carson says she was at a school dance, the first man posted pictures and a video to her Facebook page saying "Thank you so much for the guinea pigs they will make a fantastic stew."
The pictures in the post, which has since been deleted, show a guinea pig with blood coming from its head. Another image shows two skinned guinea pigs. A video shows a guinea pig being stepped on.
"At first I thought he was just messing with me," said Alexia Carson. "Then I took a closer look and saw that they were my guinea pigs. It was heartbreaking."
The teen says she thinks the man should be punished for his actions. Her family reached out to Goodland Police to file a police report.
According to Chief Joni Showalter of Goodland Police, the department is investigating with assistance from the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Department. The department declined to comment further.
Animal activists warn people from rehoming pets without requesting a small rehoming fee.
"You do hear stories about people who give their animals away for free on Facebook or on Craigslist and the awful things that can happen to those animals afterward," said Sarah Coffman, Founder and Executive Director at the Wichita Animal Action League.
Coffman suggests reaching out to a local rescue organization if you need to rehome your pets.
"Anytime this happens in our community it's always concerning that a person is capable of that and they're living next door to you," said Coffman. "What else are they capable of?"