“Who in their right mind would do such a stupid & gruesome stunt? It’s sick, just because the animal was probably dead when it was taped is irrelevant. Whoever did it, wanted people to be shocked by the site…who know’s what else they will do. So if you know who did this, please ring the number below! Wonder if it would be different if it were a puppy hanging there instead?” 

GUELPH— The Guelph Police are treating the case of a raccoon being taped to a city traffic light post as an animal cruelty investigation.

Raccoon case Brooke Dumouchelle, an animal control officer with the Guelph Humane Society, pulls off the tape holding up a dead raccoon to a stop-light pole at Watson and York roads on Tuesday morning. Police and Dumouchelle have no idea who taped the raccoon to the pole, or why.

The Guelph Police and Guelph Humane Society responded Tuesday to a case of a raccoon being taped to a traffic light post on the city’s east side, at the intersection of Watson Road South and York Road.

A humane society officer removed the dead animal at about 9:30 a.m. It was taken away in a black garbage bag.

“At this point, we’re not suspecting foul play,” said Deb Gray, operations manager of the Guelph Humane Society. She said the animal was likely dead before being put up on the post. These animals will put up a fight and the taping job is too clean for it to have been done while the animal was still alive, she said.

Gray estimates the animal is around five months old and does not show obvious signs as to how it died. It could have been struck by a car, she said.

“It might have been some strange little prank.”

No note or any explanation seemed to have been left with the animal. Some people who noticed the sight at first thought it was a toy stuffed animal. The raccoon was bloodied and surrounded by flies when it was removed.

The animal was taped up, with clear packing tape, more than one metre off the ground. It was bound so that its underside was against the post. Passing motorists and area business people alerted authorities to the grisly scene.

Guelph Police communications officer Const. Mike Gatto said the case began as an animal cruelty investigation, but there is not likely to be criminal charges laid if the animal was dead when it was taped to the post.

“At this point, it is believed that the animal was not hurt intentionally in any way,” he said. “However, obviously, we would like to speak to the people who decided to attach this dead animal to the pole.”

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to call Const. Brent Estabrooks at (519) 824-1212 ext. 7259, or to leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

News Link:http://www.therecord.com/news/ontario/article/758172–guelph-police-term-raccoon-taping-incident-an-animal-cruelty-case

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