Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
Buy the #EatForThePlanet book
single

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR Newsletter

  GET FOOD MONSTER AppX

In Ravena, New York, a small town outside of Albany, New York, a shocking instance of animal abuse was documented on video. Bryanna Catucci shared two disturbing videos on her Facebook profile of police officers INTENTIONALLY RUNNING OVER a terrified raccoon in a Shop and Save grocery store parking lot. The police claim they received reports that the animal was rabid, however, there doesn’t seem to be any confirmation or indication that that was the case – other than the fact the animal was spotted outside during daytime.

“Leaving the grocery store to find 2 cops charging at a raccoon in a car for 15 minutes until dead,” Bryanna shared on her Facebook. Other Shop and Save customers saw the incident as well were in shock over how abusive the police were.

Warning: the below video is graphic. “They would come back around, kind of nick the raccoon, kind of make it tumble. Finally, I think the one hit near the end finally did a number on the raccoon,” Amanda Myers, one of the witnesses said

 

The videos have gone viral in less than 24 hours, with 50,000 shares and thousands commenting that there are many other humane ways to deal with a potentially rabid raccoon. The Town of Coeymans Police Department has since released a statement, saying that the police officers “dispatched the raccoon as quickly and humanely as possible.” No, the humane thing to do would be to call the town’s local animal control so that trained personnel could come and handle the raccoon properly.

Thousands of comments have been left on the page with many wondering if the police officers are going to be charged with animal cruelty. 

 

There is absolutely NO excuse for this clear animal cruelty. Please post polite comments on the Town of Coeymans Police Department’s Facebook page until action is taken against the police officers for inflicting needless pain on the raccoon.

Shooting the raccoon with a gun or running it over with a car hardly seem like the ONLY options available. In fact, chasing a potentially rabid animal in any way is NOT ADVISED as it could scare the animal into another populated area. Most animal control personnel will have had appropriate rabies vaccinations to ensure they don’t contract the disease. According to Wildlife in Crises, “Being bitten by a rabid animal is not fatal, as long as you promptly undergo post-exposure treatment (a series of shots in the arm). If given promptly, post-exposure rabies shots are 100% effective against the virus.” Granted we would NEVER recommend that anyone without wild animal experience attempt to help a rabid animal, but this shows the alleged threat that led the police officers to act so rashly was frankly, unfounded. A baited trap could have more expediently and humanely captured the animal and allowed trained professionals to determine if the animal was indeed sick or not – after all, just because a raccoon is outdoors during the day does NOT mean they have rabies. Ravena does have an animal control team who could have handled this situation – why they were not contacted or at least called in to advise action remains unknown.

Raccoons often have a bad reputation for going through our trash in search of food and in general, being sneaky, but they are living, breathing, emotional animals just like us who deserve to live free from pain.

If you ever come across a wild animal in need of help, PLEASE contact your local animal rescue hotline. We must always speak up for those who cannot!

Lead Image Source: Lolame/Pixabay

Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

Someone Wrapped This Puppy in a Sheet Like They Were Putting Him to Bed … and Abandoned Him

Rescuers Thought Abandoned Puppy Had Parvo Because of His Small Size … But Turns Out He Was Deliberately Starved

Study Shows 43 Million Americans Are Choosing Plant-Based Protein and 86% of These People Aren’t Even Vegan!

Someone Decided They Didn’t Want to Care for Their Dog, So They Tied Him to a Pole in the Hot Sun and Left…


Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

17 comments on “Video of Police Torturing ‘Rabid’ Raccoon and Running Him Over Shows Shocking Lack of Common Sense”

Click to add comment
John Pasqua
3 Months Ago

HELL AWAITS THESE TURDS TO KILL GREAT WILDLIFE NOW.


Reply
Allison T Anderson
3 Months Ago

How sad that these cops had nothing better to do than to torture an innocent raccoon, who I\'m sure did NOT have rabies. Karma will come back around and they will get back, hopefully ten-fold, what they did to this baby.


Reply
mflynn
3 Months Ago

Yup typical repsonse from a good for nothing police department staffed by inbred mf\'s
devoid of any humanity whatsoever
PS I bet you only have to buy your sister/wife one present for Xmas


Reply
Doreen Rasanen
3 Months Ago

ANIMALS CAN\'T HELP IT IF THEY GET RABBIES, JUST AS YOU CAN\'T HELP IT IF YOU GET THE MUMPS. THEY NEED HELP NOT
PUNISHMENT OR DEATH (EUTHANIZED IF THE RABBIES HAS GONE TOO FAR. THIS ACTION BY POLICE IS UNFORGIVABLE,
AND OUTRIGHT SADISTICALLY CRUEL. THE POLICE SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH A FELONY CRIME.


Reply
Pamela Tate
3 Months Ago


Why can\'t people just leave the animals alone, they are the innocents.Human beings? Words fail me!


Reply
Rob
3 Months Ago

They must have thought the racoon was an African-American.


Reply
Marty Silvert
3 Months Ago

How did they know the raccoon was rabid? Did they analyze it poor animal\'s brain? That is the way to find out. Or, could the poor animal just looking for food?


Reply
Christine Glass
3 Months Ago

I hate humans. We get what we deserve. I would like to throw these idiots into a wood chipper. Very sad. The lack of intelligence of a vast number of our population is staggering and unbelieveable.


Reply
mflynn
13 Mar 2018

You\'re not alone. See comments.

Tim Wells
3 Months Ago

No way!. A racoon walking around i the day time should be assumed to be a rabid and should be put down. They could shoot it, but they could also miss and hit someones car. Running it over, though not the greatest way of disposing this potentially harmful animal, is the best solution outside of calling animal control. I would think that any judge who isn\'t a tree hugging hippy, would agree that is was a bad judgement call, but they did what needed to be done: Put The Animal Down!


Reply
Jeff Biss
3 Months Ago

Common sense? The cops are evil, period and should suffer the same fate as their victim.


Reply


Subscribe to our Newsletter




Follow us on


Do Not Show This Again

×

Submit to OneGreenPlanet


Terms & Conditions ×
  GET FOOD MONSTER APPX