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Authorities probe death of raccoon set on fire while in cage

July 12, 2019

PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a raccoon that was set on fire while it was trapped inside a cage.

Union County prosecutors announced Friday that the dead animal was found July 4 in Plainfield. Its body was in a cage that was on the curb of a city home.

Firefighters also found two other raccoons unharmed in separate cages that were discovered outside the home.

Authorities say it appears that some type of accelerant was used to set the raccoon on fire, but they haven’t determined what the substance was. They say those responsible could face animal cruelty charges.

All three cages had been placed outside the home last month by a pest control company.

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