A Carroll County Sheriff’s deputy was filmed shooting and killing a small groundhog on a road in Maryland on May 6.
Witness Justyna Olkowska filmed the shooting and posted it on Facebook with a description:
This just happened. And I’m soooo distraught!!!! Like I cannot believe I just witnessed this. If you’re not an animal lover, you won’t understand my pain… 😢
Liberty rd. Sykesville Police shooting Grundhogs in a head in broad daylight. Please share. I may be wrong and he might have been doing his job but all I kept thinking was what if my little niece and nephew were in the car with me seeing this..
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office painted a much scarier situation, notes WJZ:
The deputy was travelling on Rt 26 in the area of White Rock Road when he observed traffic backing up along the road. He found that the groundhog in question was walking into the roadway, causing vehicles to stop and creating a hazard.
He got out of his vehicle to assess, and as he tried to direct the groundhog off of the roadway, he realized that it was not responding as expected for an animal that was not being cornered or trapped.
Believing the groundhog to be either sick or injured, the deputy then put the animal down for the public’s safety.
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