Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Charges after Police Investigate Case of Badly Injured Muskrat in Ontario

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Charges after Police Investigate Case of Badly Injured Muskrat in Ontario

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No charges in case of badly injured muskrat

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HAMILTON - An investigation into a badly injured muskrat found in a diaper box by an Ontario lake has ended with no criminal charges laid.

Ontario Provincial Police had been looking into the circumstances that prompted three teens to drop off the wounded animal in a Huggies box on the shore of Rice Lake in Gores Landing, Ont., on Monday evening.

The muskrat was taken to a wildlife rescue facility by a bystander, and later to a veterinarian for treatment, but died earlier this week. Online posts detailing the rodent's story were shared thousands of times on Facebook.

On Friday, police said they'd identified the teens involved and determined there was no criminal behaviour.

They say the three youths had found the injured muskrat earlier in the day, taken it home, and tried to contact a local animal shelter for help. …

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