NEWPORT NEWS-A $2,500 reward is being offered to find those responsible for repeatedly shooting an opossum.

Norfolk-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the animal was trapped in a recycling bin at a home on Langley Avenue last month.

'The woman who found the frightened opossum, instead of simply tipping the bin to its side to set the animal free, videotaped her neighbor as he repeatedly shot at the cornered animal with a BB gun while a young boy was present and watched,' PETA said in a press release.

PETA Director Martin Mersereau said that video was then posted on Facebook and was removed, but the group was able to save a copy before it disappeared.

Mersereau said the last images on the video show he opossum in the bin and the lid being closed on it, but he doesn't know whether it died.

Anyone with information about this case should call PETA's Cruelty Investigations Department at 757-622-PETA (7382).

The reward is being offered by PETA for information that leads to the arrest/conviction of those involved.

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