GRAPHIC VIDEO WARNING
The authorities in the state of New York are reportedly investigating a video that allegedly shows police officers taking turns to rotate about a rabid raccoon.
The viral video, which was shot in Coeymans, south of Albany, shows a police-marked vehicle and other non-marked sedan repeatedly hitting the animals as they try to escape, the Times Union reported.
Bryanna Catucci, a local resident, recorded the video on her phone and posted on Facebook. She said it took 15 minutes for the raccoon to die.
“We are shocked,” Todd Cramer, CEO of the Hudson Mohawk Humane Society, told the newspaper. “This was a completely unacceptable, reckless and inhumane way to help the situation.”
The Albany County District Attorney’s Office and the animal cruelty task force is investigating the officers properly handled the situation, Fox 5 New York reported.
The researchers told the station that the concerned residents reported a sick raccoon to the Coeymans Police Department. Officials said that the city does not have an animal control officer for the processing of the call.
Acting police chief Daniel Contento told the station that the video was disturbing.
Contento said the officers were concerned the animal was rabid and wanted to shoot, but not because of the public concern about the safety. The State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the animal had rabies, the report said.
“I can’t say that I agree with their actions,” he said. “But I can say that what they did was the norm.”
Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.