HIGH POINT, N.C. — It’s a case of animal cruelty so brutal, High Point police said it’s very rare they see anything like this.
The police report states that a group of five young boys attacked an opossum and beat it to death with sticks and bricks, then doused it in lighter fluid and set it on fire while it was trying to give birth.
The report also says that as the opossum was burning, “several newborn babies began to come out of the female’s pouch…the babies succumbed from the attack.”
Police have charged a 12-year-old and a 13-year-old with misdemeanor animal cruelty and said more kids could be charged soon.
It happened Sunday afternoon on Woodrow Avenue in High Point.
Sara Kurtnacker said she saw a lot of it happen and tried to call police, but it was too late.
“I walked out and basically saw them bludgeon an opossum with bricks and stones,” she said. “It was way beyond animal cruelty. It was just inhumane.”
Kurtnacker said she saw five young boys involved, who could not have been older than middle school age. She said the worst part is that they clearly enjoyed killing the opossum.
“They were having a ball doing it,” she said. “If you can do that to an opossum, the next step is dogs, cats, moving up. You never know what area of the food chain they’re going to hit next.”