A raccoon died after being trapped in a live trap for more than a week, and then dumped in a garbage filled with water to drown slowly.
Staff in Animal Care Society – which provides care and rehabilitation of mammals born in BK – they say they are shaken after dealing with the "extremely inhumane" case of animal cruelty.
Brooklyn Martin, Animal Care Director, said the staff had been summoned to a farm in Burnaby on Friday at about 13:00 after a young adult female raccoon was discovered by a tenant in a trash that barely lives.
Martin said it was believed that the owner of the property had set the trap about a week and a half ago and the tenant guessed that the wasp was released.
"It turns out that a raccoon was trapped, he put it in a trash and filled it with water and left a trap there," she said.
"As soon as the tenant knows what happened, he immediately called and was very nervous, asking what he could do in the meantime before we got there.
The tenant pulled the bladder out of the trap, dried it, and put hot water bottles around it to keep it warm until the state arrived.
"It was a cleansing washing dish, and it was so thin and so mental that the tenant and my staff just kept him without gloves," Martin said.
Martin told the courier that it had been one of the worst cases of animal cruelty he had encountered during the past three years working in the wild.
"This raccoon was trapped without food and was actually underwater without being able to escape," she said.
She came in and her nose was scratched, all her claws on her paws were ripped out, her paws were harsh, she was trying so hard to get out of her hair and lacking hair.
"Every case of cruelty is bad and you deal with the situation and it makes you sad, but I think that's the worst I have to deal with."
She said that it is customary for people to set up live traps for problem beings and is not illegal if done in a humane way.
"If you do not want them on your property, you have a radius of 10 kilometers around the house where you can catch them, and then you can move the animal somewhere else," Martin explained.
"But you are not legally allowed to put a trap and leave everything in there for more than 24 hours, and that bad raccoon has been trapped for more than a week.
"We have dealt with many cases of cruelty, mainly foot traps that cheat animals and cause them pain.
"But physically torturing the animal and trying to drown it – he stood up to all of us in the center, all the staff were quite shaken.
"The way this trap was used was extremely cruel and extremely inhumane."
Wildlife publishes for the incident on its Facebook page, which says that "cruelty has no place in today's day!" The post has received more than 1000 likes and has been shared more than 300 times.
The staff did their best to save the creator, but unfortunately she died on Friday night.
Martin said the case was reported to the authorities, including the BC BC SPCA Cruelty and the Furbearing Animals Association.
In a separate incident BC SPCA has warned people about the dangers of pest control after receiving a call from a member of the public at the Arbutus Ridge area in Vancouver who found a raccoon caught in a domestic electrified trap lid.
In a statement, BCCA SPCA said the caller had heard the young raccoon cry all night and found that a raccoon was caught in a modified cat trap of neighboring property.
"The trap is connected to an extension cord, apparently causing the electrical current to pass through the fully metallic lid." The caller immediately turned off the rack and released the rabbit and then called it "BCCA SPCA Animal Helpline".
It is illegal to use an electric shock on raccoons.
Instead of harmful and ineffective methods of self-government, BCCA SPCA encourages citizens first remove raccoons and try humorous harassment to discourage raccoons, and consult with him / her best practices for raccoons,
If a raccoon comes into a home or inn, call The AnimalKind company which uses exclusion techniques instead of capturing, moving or killing.
BCP CPSA does not recommend offsets and wildlife relocation.