Cheryl Hurd

$5,000 Reward Offered For Information on Dead Raccoons, Feral Cat

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to whomever killed three raccoon and a feral cat in Berkeley with a pellet gun.

The animals, along with a possum, were found either dead or shot along the shore in the Berkeley Marina in late March.

“It’s hard to imagine the agony and terror that these animals felt when they were shot or possibly poisoned and left to die like trash,”  PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien said in a statement on Monday. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this cruel act to come forward immediately, before anyone else gets hurt.”

A necropsy revealed four of the animals were shot with some type of pellet gun or rifle, police said. The possum died of natural causes, police said.

Police said they do not have any suspects in the case and an investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who may have information about the case is asked to call Berkeley police at 510-981-5900.

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