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ASPCA Arrests Man Who Beat Opossum to Death, Posted Video Online

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 4:15pm
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It’s hard to understand how someone could beat an animal to death with a rock, and then proudly post a video of the grisly scene online. And yet, that’s exactly what one individual did. On December 3, ASPCA Agents arrested Jordan Heuer for attacking, injuring and causing the death of an opossum in a Queens, New York, park.

After the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) received complaints about a video of the incident posted online, the organization referred the issue to the ASPCA. We opened a criminal investigation.

“This is a disturbing case of violent abuse in which the suspect went out of his way to not only inflict pain on a helpless animal victim by smashing it repeatedly on its head with a rock, but to also record and post the brutal event on the Internet,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Counsel of the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement and Legal Advocacy departments.

Heuer, 18, was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty—under current New York law, felony animal cruelty charges can be brought only in cases involving companion animals. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

“This is precisely the sort of case that supports making the more callous acts that cause serious injury or death to wild animals into felony offenses,” Wolf notes, citing the extreme depravity of the opossum’s death.

We couldn’t agree more, and our Government Relations team is on the case. Bill Ketzer, ASPCA Senior Director of Government Relations for the Northeast, adds: “We will continue to work with legislators…to help shape laws to cover these types of especially heinous acts, regardless of whether the animal victim is a pet or a wild animal.”  

If you’ve witnessed abuse, don’t hesitate: Report animal cruelty.

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Ana

please make justice! animal abuse should not go unnoticed!
thank you

Alison

My old neighbor trapped a raccoon in a cage then shot it in the morning and it was not acting aggressive! People need to be stopped!

okami

That is horrible and cruel

Bob

People that do stuff like this wind up to be serial killers in a few years.

Randall Leff

A person who can commit an act like this is a heartless savage and belongs in a cage. Someone who committed an act like this and posts it on the Internet as if he's proud of it should be put in a cage for a long time. People who kill animals or hurt them for enjoyment are depraved and should be removed from society.

kathy

This thug doesn't need to be locked up, he needs to permanently "disappear".

S. L. Trout

Couldn't agree with you more. Charged with a misdemeanor? You have to be kidding. He didn't vandalized someone's property; he violently and sadistically killed a helpless creature for no reason other than to record his miserable rampage and post it to the internet. He needs a rock to his head a few times.

Jamileth Hernandez

Its because of people like him that this world is like it is. Am glad he got caught. We should smack him with a rock so he suffers the same!!

Jamileth Hernandez

Its because of people like him that this world is like it is. Am glad he got caught. We should smack him with a rock so he suffers the same!!

Amy

When will people learn that animals are not the enemy? Senseless acts that can never be justified. Very sad.

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