ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man and lady face fines of $500 every after they took a raccoon to a pet retailer to buy meals and a retailer employee ratted them out, authorities stated.
A state Division of Environmental Conservation police officer received an pressing name from the Erie County Division of Well being a few doubtlessly rabid raccoon on June 2, the DEC stated in a information launch.
The well being division stated a pair had introduced a raccoon to a pet retailer for meals and provides and a retailer worker contacted authorities. Raccoons are thought-about harmful wild animals as a result of they’re identified to hold and transmit the lethal rabies virus.
The DEC officer used retailer surveillance video, a store-issued rewards card and license plate data to find the couple within the city of Attica in western New York, the division stated. The homeowners turned the raccoon over and have been every charged with unlawfully possessing a wild animal, which is topic to $500 fantastic, authorities stated.
The raccoon that was confiscated from the couple was euthanized and examined for rabies — a take a look at that may solely be carried out on an animal after it has died. The take a look at was adverse, the DEC stated.