Authorities in Barrington, Illinois are asking for the public’s help identifying the person who brutally beat and drowned six coyote puppies at a Barrington forest preserve earlier this month. A seventh coyote pup miraculously survived and is currently in the care of 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. In a plea on the organization’s Facebook page, the wildlife center asked for help:
“Please help us bring to justice the person who killed this coyote puppy’s six siblings and shattered this sole survivor’s leg then left them in a bucket.”
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.”
On Wednesday, Forest Preserves Communications Director Lambrini Lukidis filled in more details about the heinous deed. The Chicago Tribune reports 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 in the water. As for the surviving pup, the policeman noticed movement and rushed the pup to an area veterinarian before the tiny male was turned over to the wildlife center:
“The leg was shattered. It was dangling and misshapen, and it was sticking out slightly because of a hip fracture,” stated Dawn Keller, founder and director of the Flint Creek Wildlife. “On the second day, it opened its eyes. Nine days later, last Saturday, the leg was set in a cast and the coyote was eating well and stable at this point.”
Donations to help with this little one’s veterinarian expenses can be made here. DNA testing is now being done to help determine where the pups could have originated from; results from these tests may yield clues to help find the person(s) responsible.
The pup will remain in the care of the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and his recovery is expected to be extensive because of the severity of his injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Tip Line at 1.877.2DNRLAW (236.7529.
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