Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Baby Raccoon Badly Burned Last Month Dies, Police Searching for Suspects

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Baby Raccoon Badly Burned Last Month Dies, Police Searching for Suspects

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Severely burned raccoon dies; police have no suspect

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A baby raccoon that was allegedly lit on fire and left in an Ontario park last month has died.

The months-old animal, dubbed Phoenix Rose, died unexpectedly last Thursday after a near-miraculous recovery, said Linda Moores of the Procyon Wildlife Centre in Beeton, Ont., north of Toronto.

"We are devastated," she said. "When there's somebody special that needs special care and everyone roots for, it was hard to take."

In early August, a woman came across the raccoon in a park in Barrie, Ont., and took it to Procyon, a registered charity that rehabilitates wild animals.

The raccoon had burns to its face, arms, belly and one side of its body. Barrie police called it a "senseless and inhumane act" and launched an animal cruelty investigation, asking for the public's help. They believe a flammable liquid was used as an ignition source.

Two animal organizations offered a $1,500 reward for information about who may be responsible, but the money has gone uncollected.

Barrie police Const. …

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