Video of a Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy fatally shooting a groundhog that was acting erratic in front of motorists is going viral.
The video shows the deputy stopping traffic and trying to get the animal clear of the roadway. However the groundhog continues to follow the officer and act in an unusual manner for that type of animal.
Not knowing if the groundhog was rabid, the deputy fatally shot the animal.
Department spokesperson Cpl. Jon Light said, “it doesn’t appear that it had bitten anyone at that point.” “You see the groundhog coming after the officer. At this point in time, the animal was not acting as a normal animal would. It is within our policy to dispose of any animal that could pose a health threat,” Light said, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The Facebook video uploaded by Justyna Olkowska has been viewed over 39,000 times as of this publication.
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