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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SPCA Offers Big Reward to Catch the Prick Who Gunned Down Raccoon

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 3:50 PM

click to enlarge Not the actual raccoon but you get the idea
  • Not the actual raccoon but you get the idea

The animal lovers over at the Peninsula Humane Society are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the animal-hater who shot a raccoon in South San Francisco over the weekend.

The SPCA got a call Sunday morning from a concerned resident who spotted the wild mammal looking dazed and resting its head on a curb near the 700 block of Palm Avenue. The raccoon was rushed to the wildlife center in Burlingame where it was euthanized.

When the animal arrived, vets noted that the female raccoon's coat, skin, and fur were in excellent condition -- a pretty good indication that the raccoon didn't have a prior illness. She also had no other injuries that suggested she had been hit by a car.

"The raccoon was hydrated and had a good body condition, so it had not been doing poorly for much time prior to our involvement," the PHS said in a statement released this afternoon.

X-rays show she was shot - PHS
  • PHS
  • X-rays show she was shot

The raccoon was conscious, but did not respond to visual or physical stimuli; she was able to stand briefly before falling flat.

Vets gave the raccoon a sedative and took a closer look before noting she had an injury on her forehead with somewhat fresh blood on it. There was also a fragment of bone that originally looked like a tooth fragment. Sadly, the raccoon was put to sleep after doctors evaluated her behavior and determined time was not on her side.

Vets X-rayed the raccoon after she was put down; the images clearly showed lead pellets -- one in the center of the brain and one in the rear, between the hips.

Needless to say, the PHS is not happy about this, considering this is now the 12th animal that's been shot since December, including two crows and a peregrine falcon.

Anyone with information that could help PHS/SPCA Cruelty Investigators in this case should call (650) 340-7022, ext. 384.


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