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Animal Cruelty Reported in Glen Rock

Family of possums caught in trap, according to Glen Rock police.

say patrols were dispatched to an undisclosed location on Aug. 5 on a report of animal cruelty. According to police, patrols found multiple animal traps set up around the property, one ensnaring a possum with several babies. The mother was dead, according to police, but the babies were still alive.

The Bergen County SPCA is investigating the incident and police say criminal charges are pending. Police did not disclose further information, citing an active investigation. The SPCA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

There were reports of involving a fish stomping and a turtle that was apparently crushed.

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thetentman August 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM
If it was a pest in my yard I would have killed it too. Possums are not pleasant animals. They will bite and if they have babies in your yard they become territorial and sometimes even confrontational. Have we become so soft that you can't kill rodents, in your own yard? What's next? Protect the bugs? They have rights too. Only in NJ could this happen. In 99% of the US when a rodent invades it gets killed and that's that. End of story. I am not advocating torture, just a swift blow with a shovel.
Josie August 10, 2012 at 05:06 PM
It is not advisable to handle any wild rodent. They are equipped with large teeth and are capable of transmitting a variety of bacteria, viruses and diseases through their saliva, feces and urine. If you locate a rodent problem, it is best to contact a pest control professional for removal and identification. They are licensed and trained in the safe and legal way to deal with any infestation and can show you how to keep them away from your house in a humane manner. Kudos to the police for promptly reporting the matter to the SPCA for investigation. Most people are not aware that local police are not trained to deal with animal issues and investigations. The SPCA are a specialized group, under the direction of the Bergen County Prosecutor, who do great work in dealing with the abuse and neglect of any animal.
Paul August 10, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Might make a great new Gyco Car Insurance Commercil!!
OHW August 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/08/10/court-killing-an-opossum-with-a-shovel-isnt-illegal-in-california/?mod=WSJBlog
Jenna August 11, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Animals, regardless of what they are, have the right to live! You are heartless. Your attitude to small animals, be it rodents, tell us everything about you as a person.
roberta sonenfeld August 11, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Just FYI ....possums are marsupials not rodents.
Maria Roata August 11, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Are you serious? A wild rodent to be protected by the law? and 'Kudos to the police'? You must be kidding me. Is that's what the police is suppose to do, to take care of wild rodents? That's where the taxpayer money are going? Oh, and we also do have a prosecutor who does 'a great work' in dealing with abuse of 'WILD' animals? And is this prosecutor also paid with the tax payer money. Great system! I hope you will be surrounded and taken over by possums, all over your house, your yard and your bed. Enjoy them Josie! One more thing, actually, there is a reporter/editor out there, that writes such garbage, when the 'humans' are facing so many issues in this world - how sad!

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