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Opossums Intentionally Burned in Columbus

Updated: Thursday, May 2 2013, 08:18 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Steve Levine/Ken Hines) -– Animal control officers are investigating the grisly burning deaths of a mother opossum and her 10 newborn babies.

The animals were found Thursday, charred to death in a cage behind a vacant home on Hildreth Ave. in East Columbus.

“Why would you do something like that, if you are worried about it, cage it or set it off somewhere else,” said neighbor Rick Dorn, who saw the flames from his front porch.

The incident marks the second time in recent weeks that animals were set on fire in Columbus. A litter of kittens died in early April when they were burned in the Linden area.

Anyone with information about either case is encouraged to call the Capitol Area Humane Society at 614-777-7387 extension 250.Opossums Intentionally Burned in Columbus

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