In Barrington, Illinois, seven coyote puppies were found in the Spring Creek Valley Forest Preserve on May 11. A $6,000 reward has been offered by the Humane Society, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the heinous deed. Six of the puppies had been beaten, abused and drowned; one coyote puppy survived and is currently being treated.
According to a press release from the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, the pups were found drowned in a bucket near Penny Road Pond; the two-week-old surviving pup also suffered a broken leg. Last week the puppy underwent surgery where veterinarians inserted pins to straighten out his tibia. It is hoped the puppy will recover and be able to be released back into the wild when he is older.
“Anyone who could so callously maim and kill defenseless coyote pups and then toss them away like trash is a danger not only to animals but to the community at large,” stated Marc Ayers, the Illinois state director of the Humane Society of the United States.
According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the person who killed the pups more than likely took the helpless babies from their den. The offender could face charges of illegal possession of wildlife and misdemeanor or felony animal cruelty. According to WgnNews, this
“wasn’t the act of a hunter hunting an adult coyote.”
Forest Preserves Communications Director Lambrini Lukidis filled in more details about the heinous deed. The Chicago Tribune reported a police officer had been called after a fisherman noticed a burlap bag in the water. When the man pulled it ashore, he found seven coyote puppies inside and called police. It is not known how long the pups had been in the water, but all had been alive when thrown into the water. A policeman noticed the one surviving pup was still alive and rushed him to an area veterinarian where he was later transferred to the wildlife rehabilitation center.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Department of Natural Resources at 1-877-236-7529.
Read the previous article here.
(Submitted photos for $6,000 reward via the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation)
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