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A BC animal rescue group has uncovered a shocking case of cruelty involving a trapped raccoon left to drown in a garbage bin filled with water.
Critter Care Wildlife Society posted pictures of the incident on social media on Nov. 23, saying the animal was trapped for a week.
“Cruelty has no place in the modern day! This raccoon was trapped in a live trap for a week then placed in a bin full of water to drown for multiple days,” reads the post.
“It’s a miracle that she still alive. She is in critical care and staff are doing everything they can. We have taken steps and reported it.”
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Maureen Binnie of Critter Care told Daily Hive that the animal was caught in a trap on a property in Burnaby. The animal was then placed into a garbage bin filled with water and left to drown.
Someone found the injured raccoon and immediately informed Critter Care.
The raccoon was brought into the Critter Care facility and rescue workers tried to save the animal but it died a short time later after suffering massive seizures.
“We are heartbroken at the cruelty of this situation,” the group wrote on Instagram. “The abuse was too severe.”
Binnie says the BC SPCA cruelty office has been informed of the incident. “It is my understanding they are investigating this cruelty,” she said.
This is the second cruelty incident involving a raccoon to happen in Metro Vancouver over the past several days.
Last week, a young raccoon was found trapped inside a home-made electrified cage in the Arbutus Ridge area.
To report an animal in distress, including wildlife, call the toll free BC SPCA Provincial Call Centre at 1 (855) 6BC SPCA (1-855-622-7722).