An Ontario man is facing numerous charges after allegedly abusing a raccoon in his basement.
A racoon was located in a locked cage inside the residence.
Halton Regional Police Service
The investigation was launched after police received a tip that the individual had been mistreating the critter.
A search warrant was obtained after additional information about multiple electrical and fire code violations was reported.
"With the assistance of the Burlington Fire Department, Animal Control and EMS, officers entered the residence and arrested a 55-year-old male," police reported.
The animal was rescued from the building but had to be euthanized due to the condition of its health.
The man has been charged with causing damage or injury to an animal, breaching release order, mischief over $5000 and keeping live game wildlife in captivity.
Anyone with further information on the case is being asked to contact police at 905-825-4777 ext. 2342.
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