In Athens, Ohio, the prosecutor’s office announced a joint investigation on Monday with Athens Police and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources after an opossum was found tortured with a blowtorch and left to suffer in a city parking lot.
According to AbcNews, a student from Ohio University discovered the injured animal on Friday morning in a parking lot near the college campus. The opossum had been walking in slow circles and appeared despondent. Brought to a Delaware County wildlife sanctuary, officials stated the animal had likely been restrained and a lit butane torch pushed down her mouth. The defenseless animal suffered severe burns to the back of her tongue as well as extensive internal and external injuries.
“The front of the tongue is intact, it’s a normal pink color,” stated Gina Jackson from the rehabilitation center. “But the back of the tongue, all the way down the throat, is thick black charred. They poked out her eye, her eye is badly blistered and her ear, as well.”
All efforts were made to save the animal’s life, however she succumbed to her injuries Monday evening.
In Ohio, cruelty to wild animals is a misdemeanor punishable by a $750 fine and a maximum of three-months in jail.
Someone needs to be held responsible for such egregious animal cruelty. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Athens Police. We have to be the voice for those who cannot speak.