Roane Co. Director of Schools Toni McGriff called claims by the county's Animal Control Director John Griffin that a therapy rabbit was thrown into the woods after it was discovered stabbed and painted green "pure fiction."
"He made it up," accused McGriff, adding that there's "no such thing as a therapy rabbit."
Griffin said the rabbit was used by an autistic student at Midway High School. He told Local 8 News that, after a staff member found it shortly after the Easter holiday, it's body was simply tossed into the woods. Animal Control was not notified until a parent happened upon it and called officers.
A statement to Animal Control indicated the rabbit was stabbed 17 times and painted green. They believe t was killed sometime between April 1-4.
McGriff noted that a rabbit did go missing from an outside cage and went "run(ning) off into the brush." They have not found the rabbit, she added, laughing.
Animal Control is asking for anyone with information about the incident to call them at 865-354-7387.