In Palm Bay, Florida an 88-year-old man has been accused of setting fire to a trapped raccoon because the animal had eaten his mangoes.
According to the Miami Herald, Ezra James threw gasoline on the raccoon and set it on fire Saturday. James told authorities he was also afraid the raccoon could have bitten him and given him rabies. A neighbor called 911 as the trapped raccoon burned alive in a metal cage. Police officers shot the animal when they arrived stating the raccoon had been suffering and to end its misery. Neighbors are very angry with James, who originally comes from Jamaica, and stated he never thought about killing anything before this happened.
Raccoons are classified as nuisance animals in Florida and can be trapped, released or humanely euthanized.
James has been charged with animal cruelty resulting in the death of an animal and was released from jail after posting a $2,000 bond.
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(Photos of trapped raccoon via Pixabay)
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