Sheriff Frees Raccoon From Peanut Butter Jar, Earns PETA Award

PETA gives its Compassionate Action Award to people or agencies that improve the lives of animals.

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Oops. (Photo: St. Augustine Record)

It all began one morning in St. Augustine, Florida, when Sharon Moyer’s dachshunds started barking crazily, The St. Augustine Record reports. When Moyer went into her yard, she discovered a raccoon with its head stuck in a peanut butter jar. The hapless critter was losing oxygen fast.

Agricultural Deputy George Letts responded to Moyer’s call. Letts and another deputy cut the jar off the raccoon’s head and even performed chest compressions on the little rascal. Once revived, the newly freed raccoon took a few moments to get his bearings, scooted off through the bushes, and finally disappeared through a hole in the fence.

“Thanks to the know-how and compassion of Deputy Letts and the others involved in this heartwarming rescue, this raccoon got a second chance at life,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA salutes the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office for standing ready to protect and serve not only human residents but also the wildlife who call the area home.”

Sgt. Chuck Mulligan, a spokesman for the St. John’s county sheriff’s office, says the office has received lots of positive response since earning the Compassionate Action award.

“We’re getting emails from Illinois, we’re getting emails from the northern states,” Mulligan said. “Folks are saying thanks for being compassionate about it."