The Washington Humane Society is investigating a case of animal cruelty in northwest D.C.

After getting notified by residents on the 3800 block of Yuma Street, officers rescued a raccoon with his front leg caught in a steel leg-hold trap, which is illegal in the district.

The animal’s injuries were so severe that they decided to euthanize him.

Over the course of at least three days, the Humane Society says residents reported sightings of the injured raccoon.

Officers say he suffered broken bones in the trap and trying to free himself, it appears he chewed through his own leg. Now, District officials are promising to find and prosecute the person or people responsible.

“It’s horrific. I don’t understand it really,” said neighbor Eline Molberg.

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