Po­lice in Bar­rie are try­ing to find who­ever set baby rac­coon on fire

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - JEN­NIFER CHENG BAR­RIE —

Po­lice are look­ing for who­ever was re­spon­si­ble for burn­ing a baby rac­coon, call­ing the treat­ment of the an­i­mal a sense­less and in­hu­mane act.

Bar­rie po­lice said a se­verely in­jured rac­coon was found in a park on Sun­day af­ter­noon. The ser­vice said it be­lieved a flammable liq­uid had been thrown on the an­i­mal.

“It is un­ac­cept­able,” Const. Sarah Bam­ford said Fri­day. “If the per­son is caught, they can face crim­i­nal charges of an­i­mal cru­elty.”

The rac­coon was taken to Pro­cyon Wildlife Cen­tre in Bee­ton af­ter a woman found the an­i­mal, po­lice said.

The rac­coon is be­ing treated by a vet­eri­nar­ian for burns to its face, arms, belly and one side of its body, the cen­tre said, not­ing that the rac­coon has been given oint­ment for its burns.

The rac­coon’s burns are so bad that Pro­cyon staff hasn’t even been able to pick up the an­i­mal yet, the cen­tre’s di­rec­tor said. “It will hurt,” said Linda Moores. “And be­ing a wild an­i­mal, she might bite us if we try to pick her up.”

When the rac­coon ar­rived at the cen­tre, Moores said, the an­i­mal ap­peared fright­ened and was backed up into the small en­clo­sure it was placed in.

“The rac­coon was avoid­ing con­fronta­tion,” she said. “Now, she is hold­ing her own.”

Pro­cyon has dealt with many rac­coons in the past, Moores said, but none have had such “dra­matic” in­juries.

Moores said she re­ceived nearly 20 emails since 11 a.m. Fri­day to no­tify her about do­na­tions to sup­port the rac­coon.

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