In an egregious act of animal cruelty, the Washington Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Department announced Saturday a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit(s) responsible for the beating and burning of a raccoon found on the 4500 block of Quarles St.
Authorities believe the adult, male raccoon was alive as he was beaten and then set on fire. The raccoon was discovered Friday afternoon.
Animal abuse has been recognized by experts as an indicator of serious psychological illness. According to the Humane Society of the United States, children who abuse animals often wind up committing violent acts against people and their personal property. Many times drugs and alcohol are also involved.
Reporting acts of animal cruelty will help take these dangerous criminals off the streets. For young children involved in animal cruelty, immediate professional intervention is needed for both the child's welfare and that of the community.
Please help bring this culprit to justice. All information will be held confidential. Please call Officer DiGiandomenico at (202)-723-5730.
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