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Driver Mows Down Raccoons on Coast

$2,000 reward offered in case



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    This is one of the raccoons that survived the attack over the weekend.

    Peninsula animal lovers are furious about an act of animal cruelty that left dozens of raccoons injured and at least two dead over the weekend.

    Someone mowed down a group of raccoons that were rummaging for food behind a Safeway parking lot.

    The animals come out every night in search of goodies, but on Saturday night, two men in a dark blue Honda Civic were seen purposely driving their car into the group. Witnesses said the driver accelerated and did not make any attempt to brake.

    As word spreads about what happened, animal lovers describe the killings as "disgusting."   

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    A reward is being offered in Half Moon Bay in hopes of finding whoever ran over a group of raccoons looking for their nightly dinner at a Safeway parking lot.
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    Leila Henderson says she sees the raccoons nearly every night.

    "This is really intentional and I don't think it's fair at all. Especially since Safeway is kind of feeding them, so they're used to coming up there, they're used to having a safe place to come and eat and to know there's somebody out there just wheeling their car around, pounding them over. It's just really sad," Henderson said.

    The president of the Peninsula Humane Society says it's a clear act of animal cruelty.

    "To me, that sounds like someone doing everything they possibly can to harm and kill animals." Ken White said. "It's wrong. It's illegal. It's immoral and we want to stop it."
    The Peninsula Humane Society is offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. The two men in the car face felony animal cruelty charges.