The Berkeley Police Department is currently investigating an incident of possible animal cruelty, after several injured and dead animals were found near the Berkeley Marina on Saturday.
According to a Tuesday BPD crime alert, a city groundskeeper called the police about 12:48 p.m. after finding a feral cat, an opossum and three raccoons near the 100 block of Seawall Drive.
The groundskeeper then transported two injured or ill animals to the Berkeley Animal Shelter before BPD arrived on the scene.
One animal died shortly after arriving at the shelter, the alert stated, while the other was later euthanized after arriving at the shelter in order to prevent it from suffering further. According to BPD spokesperson Sgt. Andrew Frankel, the case was a “one-off.”
“What was important initially was to rule out poisoning,” Frankel said. “A lot of people walk their animals around Berkeley Marina and were concerned about this.”
Though poisoning was initially suspected due to the dead and injured animals’ proximity to an animal feeder, an autopsy by the shelter’s veterinarian conducted on the animals showed that three were shot with a .177 caliber pellet gun, Frankel said, with the pellets still present in their bodies.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5900.
Anderson Lanham is the lead crime & courts reporter. Contact her at [email protected]ycal.org.