Po­lice try­ing to find peo­ple who left in­jured muskrat

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

GORES LAND­ING, Ont. – The case of a muskrat found badly in­jured in a di­a­per box has trig­gered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by On­tario’s pro­vin­cial po­lice. In­ves­ti­ga­tors say they have de­ter­mined the muskrat, that has died, was left in a Hug­gies box on the shore of Rice Lake at Gores Land­ing, Ont., about 40 kilo­me­tres south of Peter­bor­ough, Ont., on Mon­day evening.

They say a wit­ness told them a mid-sized, four-door blue sedan drove into a boat launch area with three oc­cu­pants – two fe­males and a male driver – who all ap­peared to be 16 to 18 years old.

Po­lice say one of the fe­male pas­sen­gers al­legedly placed the box near the wa­ter’s edge be­fore the ve­hi­cle drove away. They say the wit­ness in­ves­ti­gated and found the in­jured muskrat. The an­i­mal was taken to Soper Creek Wildlife Res­cue cen­tre in Bow­manville, Ont., where staff named it Ge­orge, and then taken to a vet­eri­nar­ian on Tues­day for treat­ment of cuts to its mouth, bro­ken teeth and an eye in­jury. The muskrat died a short time later.

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