Palm Bay Man Burns Raccoon Alive With Gasoline in Cage

A man trapped a raccoon and then burned it alive in Palm Bay, Florida.
A man trapped a raccoon and then burned it alive in Palm Bay, Florida.

PALM BAY, Florida – An 88-year-old Brevard County man has been arrested after setting a raccoon on fire while it was in a metal cage, according to the Palm Bay Police Department.

On Thursday at approximately 11:00 a.m., police were dispatched to the 500 block of Conover Avenue NE.

At the residence, they made contact with Ezra Lee James, of Palm Bay, who allegedly captured a raccoon, poured gasoline on it, and set it on fire while it was still in a metal trap used as a cage, according to the report.

“When I arrived on the scene, the raccoon had been pulled out of the cage and was laying on the ground. The raccoon was still alive, completely burned, the skin was pulled back from the feet from the burns,” the officer said.

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A Palm Bay police officer had to put the animal down using his “gun to end its suffering,” the report said.

James was charged with Felony Animal Cruelty and was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he was held on $2,000 bond.

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Raised in Jupiter, Florida, Andy Hodges began his career in the field of radio and TV broadcasting where he worked for about 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies, including Delta Airlines in Atlanta as a Senior Systems Analyst. In 2002, he moved to Sebastian, Florida. Andy is also the Editor-in-Chief for Sebastian Daily.
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