Caged raccoon set on fire

Someone set a trapped baby raccoon on fire

A reward is being offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of whoever set a trapped baby raccoon on fire. The reward has grown to $1,200 in the cruel case which resulted in the juvenile raccoon’s untimely death.

According to Traveling 4 Paws Rescue, the baby raccoon was killed on July 4 in Plainfield, New Jersey. The young animal was inside of a trap which was removed from a roof and taken to a curb; there, the raccoon was set on fire and killed.

Anyone with information about this particularly cruel crime is asked to reach out to the Plainfield Police Department at 908-753-8477 and email Traveling4paws@yahoo.com for information about collecting the reward money.

Related: Raccoon found sinking in wet cement

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(Stock image of caged raccoon via Pixabay)

A portion of New Jersey’s animal cruelty laws include:

4:22-26. Acts constituting cruelty in general; penalty

A person who shall:

a. (1) Overdrive, overload, drive when overloaded, overwork, abuse, or needlessly kill a living animal or creature, or cause or procure, by any direct or indirect means, including but not limited to through the use of another living animal or creature, any such acts to be done;

(2) Torment, torture, maim, hang, poison, unnecessarily or cruelly beat, cruelly abuse, or needlessly mutilate a living animal or creature, or cause or procure, by any direct or indirect means, including but not limited to through the use of another living animal or creature, any such acts to be done;

(3) Cause the death of, or serious bodily injury to, a living animal or creature from commission of any act described in paragraph (2), (4), (5), or (6) of this subsection, by any direct or indirect means, including but not limited to through the use of another living animal or creature, or otherwise cause or procure any such acts to be done;

(4) Fail, as the owner or a person otherwise charged with the care of a living animal or creature, to provide the living animal or creature with necessary care, or otherwise cause or procure such an act to be done; or

(5) Cause bodily injury to a living animal or creature from commission of the act described in paragraph (4) of this subsection;

b. (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2003, c. 232)

c. Inflict unnecessary cruelty upon a living animal or creature, by any direct or indirect means, including but not limited to through the use of another living animal or creature; or leave the living animal or creature unattended in a vehicle under inhumane conditions adverse to the health or welfare of the living animal or creature;


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