On Monday April 2nd, officials from the City of Lynwood received reports that a possum was found burned, with a noose around his neck, hanging from a chain link fence in the 5100 block of Josephine Street in Yvonne Burke-John D. Ham Park. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) is leading the investigation into this violent crime.
spcaLA needs the public’s help: anyone with information about this incident should contact spcaLA at (800) 540-7722.
A Lynwood Animal Control Officer was the first to arrive on the scene and took the body to the spcaLA in Hawthorne. The animal’s remains have been sent for necropsy to determine the cause of death, and whether or not the animal was alive when he was burned. Other evidence from the crime scene is being processed for forensic evidence.
“This is a case with potential animal cruelty and arson – two very serious crimes,” said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein. “There is a link between violence towards animals and violence towards people. We want to intervene before it escalates.”
spcaLA is the only private animal welfare organization in Los Angeles that is also Law Enforcement. spcaLA Humane Officers hold the same powers of Peace Officers in the state of California when investigating animal cruelty. spcaLA is a non-profit agency that relies on donations for its programs and services, including animal cruelty investigations. To donate, please visit spcaLA.com or call 323-334-4485.