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Florida Teen Charged With Animal Cruelty After Video Showing Shootings of Trapped Animals
NBC Miami ^ | Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013

Posted on 06/25/2013 10:39:03 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Florida Teen Charged With Animal Cruelty After Video Showing Shootings of Trapped Animals Is Posted Online

17-year-old charged with felony animal cruelty and discharging a weapon in a residential area

A 17-year-old from Florida is facing an animal cruelty charge after video showing him shooting and killing a trapped raccoon and possum was posted online, authorities said.

The Melbourne teen was arrested on charges of felony animal cruelty and discharge of a weapon in a residential area and was being held at the Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center, the Brevard Sheriff's Office said Monday.

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Authorities said an investigation was begun after video of the teen shooting the caged animals was posted on Facebook and YouTube Monday. The video shows the raccoon moving around in the cage before it's shot with what looks like a rifle before it writhes around inside the cage. Then the possum is shot in the same manner.

"Our agency received a number of telephone and social media tips from our citizens who were rightfully outraged over the actions posted on YouTube and Facebook. Our Agents immediately addressed the issue, working with the State Attorney's Office to ensure that those responsible for the cruel activities were charged," Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a statement. "These actions are thoroughly disturbing and the Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates all who called to report the incident."

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The incident is still being investigated and anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff office Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.


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1 posted on 06/25/2013 10:39:03 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
I illegally take them to the state land near me but its either that or killing them.

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2 posted on 06/25/2013 10:48:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway

What’s wrong with shooting nuisance animals? I guarantee raccoons and possums are NOT desirable in the vicinity of your house.


3 posted on 06/25/2013 10:49:56 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

I’d rather not kill them if I don’t have to but that just forces me to break another law by transporting them without a permit.


4 posted on 06/25/2013 10:56:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

SSS - the kid violated the third S.


5 posted on 06/25/2013 11:00:26 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: nickcarraway
Florida law states :
Nuisance wildlife is wildlife that...

causes (or is about to cause) property damage, presents a threat to public safety, or causes an annoyance within, under or upon a building. Human activities can attract certain wildlife species looking for an easy high-calorie meal or shelter under a convenient structure. Unfortunately this can bring them into conflict with the interests of people, and the wildlife can be considered to be a nuisance. Most wildlife/human conflicts can be resolved by removing the attractant. If removing the attractant is not feasible or has been tried and is not working, other measures to remove nuisance wild animals can be taken. Trapping a nuisance animal should be a matter of last resort. Before removing an animal, please read the nuisance wildlife regulations and information.

If the situation involves a wild animal, such as a raccoon, opossum, armadillo or snake - the Commission allows landowners to take nuisance wildlife under certain conditions. You also may give permission to another individual to take nuisance animals for you. Consult the FWC's list of Nuisance Wildlife Trappers that Operate in Your County. Most trappers will charge a fee for their services.

Doesn't say anything about shooting them one way of the other. GA is a lot more sensible about nuisance animals.
6 posted on 06/25/2013 11:07:46 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

Heck, “varmint” is generally recognized as a hunting season here in Texas.


7 posted on 06/25/2013 11:07:49 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: nickcarraway

Wrong: shoot on video and post videos on the internet.

Right: shoot, shovel, shut up.


8 posted on 06/25/2013 11:12:46 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (It's been over 90 days; time to start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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To: nickcarraway

You can’t miss with a Havahart.


9 posted on 06/25/2013 11:13:50 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: from occupied ga

>> What’s wrong with shooting nuisance animals?

As long as they’re humans at the fetal stage, it’s A-OK, fire away.

But an ANIMAL!!?! No way, Jose!


10 posted on 06/25/2013 11:34:14 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: jagusafr

Yeah we have a lot of varmints coming in.


11 posted on 06/25/2013 11:38:13 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Nervous Tick

This country is so f****d


12 posted on 06/25/2013 11:39:03 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga
What’s wrong with shooting nuisance animals? I guarantee raccoons and possums are NOT desirable in the vicinity of your house.

Wow, I think the world has gone nuts. I routinely dispatch possums, and raccoons in my backyard. It's not illegal to discharge a firearm in the city limits here (as long as the projectile doesn't cross a property line), and nuisance animals..it's okay to shoot them.

IIRC, the anal sacs on a possum are a favorite fo the larvae which grows up to cause Chaga's disease, and we've had positive hits for Chaga's here in the TX hill country amongst Chaga's bugs.

Now between the yellow jacket story, and the disease vector possum animal cruelty story, I am all itchy..ugh.

13 posted on 06/25/2013 12:03:28 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: nickcarraway

Wild animals usually do not die a peaceful death. Usually, they are bitten to death by another animal, starve, die slowly and painfully from diseases, etc.

Being shot is probably the quickest death a wild animal can expect.

Not having the video to examine, one may surmise that a brain shot may have caused the uncontrolled thrashing, if the very limited description in the article was correct.

In any case, what is happening is a show arrest/trail to come wherein the animal rights activists plan to go fund raising and the ‘Possum Police’ plan to grandstand to their animal rights whacko buddies/colleagues.

Had the shooter been black, nothing would have been said. Why? Look up “Possum and Taters”.


14 posted on 06/25/2013 12:11:33 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: from occupied ga

Very sad. Very true. Makes me want to spit. Half tempted to stop reading the news.


15 posted on 06/25/2013 12:55:31 PM PDT by GranTorino (Bloody Lips Save Ships.)
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To: cripplecreek; from occupied ga

I live in the country, not a city or town, so I’m in the animals’ territory, not the other way around, and deer fencing makes it easier to me and them to co-exist. Rabid varmints or those attacking livestock-including chickens-are hunted and dispatched. Otherwise, the wildlife is left strictly alone, except for watching and admiring it as one of God’s creations.

I sometimes hunt-deer-hunting is a sport. There is nothing sportsmanlike in shooting a caged animal, varmint or not-it is simply animal cruelty. I would beat the crap out of a kid of mine if they had killed a caged animal-probably send them to a therapist, too...


16 posted on 06/25/2013 1:07:03 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

From your neck of the woods:

http://www.bccourier.com/Archives/News_detail.php?contentId=12349


17 posted on 06/25/2013 2:46:43 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: Texan5
There is nothing sportsmanlike in shooting a caged animal, varmint or not-it is simply animal cruelty

False - how would you deal with a caged nuisance animal? Feed them and let them out? Do you consider killing rats cruelty? Mice? Cockroaches? Where do you draw the line?

18 posted on 06/25/2013 2:56:39 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

I was brought up on my family’s small working/subsistance ranch-I’m not some city wuss who does not understand life and death in the natural world-some wild animals are hunted, livestock are slaughtered, and both get put in the freezer-but none of us condone cruelty, or the wasting of natural resources for any reason.

I draw the line at the willful cruelty of shooting a trapped animal-raccoons and possums aren’t dangerous bears, or wolverines. And I don’t hunt/kill animals I don’t intend to eat-I don’t shoot animals for being in my yard not bothering anything.

You might as well shoot a cat, small dog or bird. Or you could go on a hunt like this:
There are “hunting clubs” in some places that trap trophy animals of all kinds, and “hunters” pay big bucks to shoot these trapped creatures. These “hunts” are not “sport” of any kind, and are usually busted when a game warden finds about them, and people can go to jail, too. The kid shooting that trapped raccoon and possum sounds like the type who will grow up to do some “hunting” at one of those clubs...

I have cats who keep my house mouse and rat free, but if you don’t, you set traps for mice and rats-the kind that snap and kill instantly-and you spray Raid for insects.

I don’t know any varmint hunters who shoot trapped animals-if you catch the animal in the act of grabbing chickens-which is what usually happens-you take your .22 and you shoot it right there. If it gets away before you can do that, you go hunt it in the woods and shoot it there, leave the remains for the scavengers-they have to eat, too. But you don’t shoot it in a cage/trap.


19 posted on 06/25/2013 3:40:55 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: from occupied ga

Is there any evidence that the kid was trapping the animals because they were a nuisance? If yes, no problem, but if the kid was trapping them and shooting them (not hunting them in the wild, which is fine) just to get his jollies, he’s a jerk.


20 posted on 06/25/2013 3:49:46 PM PDT by WeatherGuy
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To: sockmonkey

Thanks-I did hear about that last week, and there are a lot of people who say this is another case (like the increase in malaria in the last 40 years) of the f’in EPA blocking use of the really effective insecticides-I think they are right.

I spray my yard with greenlight, and keep my dog in unless I’m with her. Sooner or later, someone is bound to bring back the “good” insecticides.


21 posted on 06/25/2013 4:09:25 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: WeatherGuy

The fact that he made a video of it is chilling-people who are cruel to animals often develop a callous attitude toward humans, too-sometimes they even commit serious crimes involving cruelty.


22 posted on 06/25/2013 4:36:08 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: nickcarraway

Put this kid down before he starts killing people.


23 posted on 06/25/2013 4:37:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Texan5
animal-raccoons and possums aren’t dangerous

Totally false. You may live in the country, but you are clueless as to the nature and risks associated with nuisance animals. Seven cases of rabies in one GA county so far this year. most recent is a dog that caught it from a raccoon. Raccoons also carry roundworms in their feces - google raccoon roundworms. these can infect and sicken people and domestic animals. Possum also responsible for at least one of aforementioned rabies cases. It isn't cruel to kill a nuisance animal. You belong on the PETA forum.

24 posted on 06/25/2013 8:42:32 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: WeatherGuy
Is there any evidence that the kid was trapping the animals because they were a nuisance?

Is there any evidence that he wasn't?

25 posted on 06/25/2013 8:43:30 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: dfwgator
Put this kid down before he starts killing people.

Yes kill everyone who has ever shot a cute furry animal because everyone know they all become serial killers and kill people. That's the ticket. Maybe we should do in my neighbor's cat too, because I'm pretty sure I saw it torturing a mouse.

26 posted on 06/25/2013 8:55:12 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

“Dangerous”, as in killing and eating humans as the aforementioned bears sometimes do-not as carriers for a disease-there is a difference. I do not live in Georgia-and I’m not clueless, either-I take it that you live in a city? Rudeness is not a virtue, sir.

Any representative of PETA would be summarily removed from my property, wrapped in a cowhide rug-as I said, I eat meat, wear leather belts and shoes and I go deer hunting.

Roundworms are everywhere-it is why pet dogs get a pill once a month for those and the heartworms mosquitos carry. If you shot every raccoon and possum in the county, that would not change.

Anyone takes precautions against rabid animals, starting with protecting, and being responsible for their own, and not letting them run around loose. Game wardens are very vigilant, and warn everyone of such a danger-that is part of their job. That is also when you shoot a wild animal behaving strangely.


27 posted on 06/26/2013 9:08:37 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5
, either-I take it that you live in a city?

Suburbia. I grew up on a farm. I guarantee that rats, raccoons, possums, foxes, rabbits and groundhogs were NOT welcome and dispatched as quickly as possible. rabbits were trapped in box traps and then shot. My grandmother did that. Groundhogs were shot on sight - I remember my great uncle sitting on the porch with a center fire rifle zeroed in on the groundhog hole about 300 yards away and nailing them as they came out to feed - foxes and the other nocturnal pests that came to raid the chicken house were also shot on sight.

28 posted on 06/26/2013 10:52:18 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

Sounds like living in an armed camp-I’ve never seen the like of that, but I’ve never seen that kind of a proliferation of varmints here, either-there are plenty of predators who see them as fast food, especially wild hogs and the resident mountain lion of this area.

Did you eat the rabbits and dress and tan the skins? We used to go to the woods and hunt them for that purpose, but there are not enough of them here to do that-too many loose domestic dogs for a large rabbit population, so if I want rabbit-or quail, I can buy them skinned and packaged from a rancher who raises both for food and profit.

Raccoons and possums both eat bugs and small rodents-also carrion, snails/slugs and rotting vegetable matter. Everything has a place, but it all has to be kept in balance-the local game warden can tell me how to do that way better than anyone else, because it is part of his job.

He convinced me and a neighbor to put up a couple of bat houses a few years ago, and there have been a lot fewer mosquitos and tomato moths since. Plus, they are fun to watch flying around catching bugs at night.

I won’t keep poultry until I have a bigger property-but the type of poultry enclosures the family builds would likely require a thermonuclear device to get into. Skunks were a way bigger problem than any other varmint, but there aren’t that many of them here, either.


29 posted on 06/26/2013 11:46:24 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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Did you eat the rabbits and dress and tan the skins?

Nope. We were concerned about tulerimia. This was prior to the host of modern antibiotics that can control and treat the disease.

Sounds like living in an armed camp

You would be surprised at how much crop damage just a few rabbits and groundhogs can do. If you're selling produce, those pests literally eat your money. It is an ongoing war against an endless supply of rapidly breeding crop destroyers and the farmer. And chickens are considered a free snack by foxes, possums, raccoons and as you mentioned, skunks, but we didn't have too much trouble with skunks. Raccoons were the worst. Persistent and fairly numerous and very clever at figuring how to get into a henhouse

30 posted on 06/27/2013 5:38:17 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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