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A skunk that was trapped and set on fire WildCare Oklahoma received last week died over the weekend, officials said.
“Her death was caused by acute kidney failure, a common complication of severe burns. The mechanism of kidney failure in burn victims is from two main causes,” WildCare Oklahoma announced on Facebook. “Firstly, the damaged skin and muscles release large quantities of protein and toxins that overwhelm the kidneys’ filtration system.
“Secondly, the shock of burning causes a lack of blood flow to the kidneys, which are very sensitive and easily damaged by this temporary lack of oxygen. Despite aggressive IV fluid therapy and medications to counter this, the damage was too severe and her body was unable to produce any urine.
“We are sorry skunk that you suffered so much at the hands of a human, but are relieved that you are no longer in any pain.”
WildCare Oklahoma staff members are caring for a skunk they received Wednesday from Oklahoma City Animal Welfare.
Witnesses reported that the skunk had been trapped and then set on fire.
According to OKC Animal Welfare officials, witnesses said one person was seen pouring lighter fluid on the skunk before lighting it on fire. Officials said they are in the process of the investigation and have not been able to make contact with the person involved. The incident was reported on Lyrewood Ln. in northwest Oklahoma City.
WildCare officials took the skunk in and said she is critical condition. They said the skunk has a long road ahead of her, at least several months of treatment. She is receiving pain medication, wound treatment, and loving care from staff.
WildCare officials posted the following statement to Facebook:
“Research shows that violence toward animals is closely connected to interpersonal violence including domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse. Animal cruelty does not just hurt animals, it affects our entire communities.
Thank you to the witnesses who reported this horrendous act, refusing to let this act go undocumented, refusing to let this violence go unpunished in their community. Thank you to the animal welfare officers who responded and are investigating further, and to you, for your support and donations which provide us with the medication, supplies, and staff we need to help her heal. It takes a community to fight against animal cruelty, we’re glad you’re fighting with us!”
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