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Raccoon found with critical burns near Barrie park prompts animal cruelty investigation

Raccoon found with critical burns near Barrie park prompts animal cruelty investigation
From Global News - August 10, 2017

Barrie police say officers have launched an animal cruelty investigation after a young raccoon was found in critical condition with severe burns to half of its body.

The raccoon, which is believed to be three or four months old, was found by Dianne Baddeley in her backyard near Huronia North Park in the citys south end Sunday.

We didnt even know what was standing beside us because she was so badly burned, Baddeley told Global News.

She said the young raccoon is a part of a family of raccoons that frequently visits.

For somebody who is very connected to wildlife, this is very disturbing, Baddeley said, adding she subsequently took the raccoon to the Procyon Wildlife Centre.

Debra Spilar, director for the non-profit animal rehabilitation centre, said the raccoon is in critical condition and being kept in an isolation room.

Shes heavily medicated on pain medication. Shes also receiving antibiotics to try and prevent further infection and also on burn ointment that we have to apply twice a day, Spilar said.

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