PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of whoever is responsible for burning a baby raccoon.
On August 6, someone discovered the 3- to 4-month-old animal near Huronia North Park in Barrie, Ontario. She had burns on one side of her body and across her face, arms, and stomach. Authorities believe that someone threw a flammable liquid on her and set her ablaze.
A veterinarian had been treating the raccoon, named Phoenix Rose by her caretakers, at a wildlife rehab center until she died suddenly on September 7—almost exactly one month after she arrived.
The Barrie Police Service is investigating but hasn’t identified any suspects.
Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit violent acts against animals rarely stop there, as many move on to target their fellow humans. PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that whoever tortured Phoenix Rose can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at tipsoft.com.