A group of young boys in North Carolina are facing animal abuse charges after killing an opossum and lighting it on fire while it was trying to give birth.
Sara Kurtnacker noticed the crime on Sunday afternoon in her High Point neighborhood.
“I walked out and basically saw them bludgeon an opossum with bricks and stones,” Kurtnacker told Fox 8. “It was way beyond animal cruelty. It was just inhumane.”
According to a police report, five young boys beat the opossum to death with sticks and bricks, doused it in lighter fluid, and set it on fire as it was trying to give birth.
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The report also stated that, “several newborn babies began to come out of the female’s pouch” and “the babies succumbed from the attack.”
Kurtnacker said she tried to call police when she saw it happening, but it was too late. She said the worst part was that the boys appeared to enjoy killing the animal.
“They were having a ball doing it,” Kurtnacker said. “If you can do that to an opossum, the next step is dogs, cats, moving up. You never know what area of the food chain they’re going to hit next.”
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A 12-year-old and a 13-year-old have already been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Police say more kids will be charged soon.
According to Animal Law, “If any person shall maliciously torture, mutilate, maim, cruelly beat, disfigure, poison, or kill, or cause or procure to be tortured, mutilated, maimed, cruelly beaten, disfigured, poisoned, or killed, any animal, every such offender shall for every such offense be guilty of a Class H felony.”
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