OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A raccoon was euthanized after being found shot with five crossbow darts in Oakland over the weekend, according to an animal protection organization.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) said the adult male raccoon was found in a church parking lot at Center and 10th streets in West Oakland Sunday morning.

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The ALDF said it was offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or person who shot the raccoon.

According to the ALDF, Good Samaritans brought the injured raccoon to Marin County-based animal rescue hospital WildCare, but its injuries were too severe and it was euthanized to relieve its suffering.

“This is one of the more traumatic and malicious injuries I’ve seen,” said Kelle Kacmarcik of WildCare, as quoted in a press release.

One of the crossbow darts had penetrated the animal’s skull and the injury was not survivable, the ALDF said.

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“People who harm animals often go on to harm humans as well,” said ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “We call on anyone with knowledge of this cruel act to come forward for the safety of other animals and the people of this community.”

The raccoon’s body was sent to California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for a necropsy, according to the press release.

Anyone with information on the raccoon shooting was urged to contact Oakland Animal Services at 510-535-5602.


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