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Somebody in Wellesley put a raccoon in a cage, then tossed the cage into a pond

The Swellesley Report reports, adds, the raccoon was a nursing mother, which means the drowning consigned some young raccoons to death as well.

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hope they find who did this.

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Possibly an actual savage who enjoyed making the innocent animal suffer. Possibly an ignorant person who was attempting to rid the place of a pest, caught it in a trap, and decided to drown it by throwing it in a pond and running away. The fact that he or she did not actually see the animal die in no way detracts from the cowardice and inhumanity of this method.

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Sociopaths are all about themselves and get others to do cruelty for them.

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More likely laziness and/or stupidity than malice.

I can imagine someone had a trap in their backyard to catch woodchucks, it caught a raccoon, they didn't know what to do with it, and figured a simple way to get rid of it was to leave it in a pond.

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Common theory about murderers is that they start off killing animals.

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Or at least animal cruelty isn't a good predictor for violent behavior. Most killers don't harm animals; Most people who harm animals will never harm a person.

"Future tipsters and law enforcement workers should be cautious, though, about assuming that animal abuse is a necessary precondition for a shooter. In fact, a systematic investigation of targeted school shootings revealed that there simply “is no accurate or useful ‘profile’ of students who engaged in targeted school violence,” whether demographic, psychological or social. In many cases, animal abuse isn’t, and when it’s there, it takes a specific form. And even with research-based checklist items such as animal abuse, some cases will inevitably not be red-flagged. If we flag every incident of animal abuse, our mental health and justice systems would be overwhelmed with tens of thousands of cases to review."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/02/21/how-rel...

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Many people who do inflict physical and/or mental abuse on people start out by abusing, injuring, or even killing animals.

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Raccoons and other wild animals are so bright, interesting and important to us as humans. We share our space with them as our territory overlaps and I can only hope people can take the time to learn from public and private resources designed to help when things feel out of balance from our own perspective.

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Wellesley, like many leafy suburbs is home to wildlife. Unfortunately, it is also home to some people who like to display status symbols like endless lawns so perfectly uniform in color and texture that they seem right out of a Disney cartoon. Some of these people also hate nature.
If you don’t like nature, you don’t belong in a suburban area. Go live in a high rise.

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