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'Chupacabra'

Put Down

'Chupie Will Be Missed'

4/4/2014 10:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Someone dropped the 'Chupacabra' ... permanently -- TMZ has learned the weird-looking creature captured in Ratcliff, Texas has been put down.

Jackie Stock, the woman who found the animal which resembles a raccoon with mange tells TMZ ... she was advised to euthanize the animal because it was suffering.

Stock said after video of the creature went wide Thursday ... PETA started sending her and her husband messages, saying they were upset by the fact that the animal was in captivity and not receiving proper treatment.

She was also told if the animal really was a Chupacabra, it would have sucked the blood out of the goats next door before its capture.  Stock was advised it was most likely a raccoon with mange that was in pain.

Stock adds the animal was never examined or tested to specifically identify it. 

She took it to the shelter and was told "it went to sleep very peacefully," adding, "I had gotten attached.  I was calling him Chupie.  He will be missed."

Chupacabra Found in Texas

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61.

zombie    

That poor thing was probably happily living in the wilderness until those dumb douche bags, looking to cash in, found it and trapped it. Now it has been euthanized without proof it was even tbat ill. I call b.s on it "suffering in pain". Animals in the wild should be allowed to live out their lives in the wild without some bunch of PETA idiots interfering. PETA is all about killing animals, not saving them no matter what propaganda tbey try to push out there.

140 days ago
62.

Jean Williams    

So the fact that it has hands means they should kill it? Why could they not just release it back in the wild? Gross...

140 days ago
63.

Tessa Brannan    

Well it was not a dog because on the video it was eating with its 2 front feet/paws. So that's why they speculated it may be a raccoon, but it's hard to tell & now we'll never know I guess. With the attention this drew it's hard to believe there wasn't a vet who would take the case pro-bono-to identify it if nothing else.

140 days ago
64.

Maezeppa    

Poor thing. It was kindest to end its suffering.

140 days ago
65.

rob    

This is what happens with Obamacare.

140 days ago
66.

Cherizz    

This is NOT the full story, TMZ. TP&W took the RACCOON from those backwood rednecks (they are NOT a good representation of Texans!) and to a vet. The vet did examine and diagnose 'Chupie' with mange and scabies and he/she was in pain and that is why he/she was euthanized. I'm extremely disappointed that this poor thing had to deal with being held captive by these fools for its last days while in pain and suffering, all while the media plastered this story all over enabling these idiots instead of using their power to help the animal. Exploitation, plain and simple. Some people will do anything to get attention and the media surely helps them right along.

140 days ago
67.

Lisa    

Just because it has mange doesn't mean it's suffering. I watched a squirrel with mange gradually lose all but the fur on its tail and then watched as it slowly grew back. It was a wild squirrel and the only one affected. That animal did not need to be put down, just released. How sad.

140 days ago
68.

Cherizz    

This is NOT the full story, TMZ. TP&W took the RACCOON from those backwood rednecks (they are NOT a good representation of Texans!) and to a vet. The vet did examine and diagnose 'Chupie' with mange and scabies and he/she was in pain and that is why he/she was euthanized. I'm extremely disappointed that this poor thing had to deal with being held captive by these fools for its last days while in pain and suffering, all while the media plastered this story all over enabling these idiots instead of using their power to help the animal. Exploitation at its best, plain and simple. Some people will do anything to get attention and the media surely helps them right along.

140 days ago
69.

KingKilla_2013    

so funny how all the creatures similar to this one they keep finding in texas had or has "mange" I think that is BS! and this is not a dog or a raccoon! Raccoons do not have ears like that and dogs do not eat with their paws. If it was mange that dog/raccoon/chupacabra would have already died from a secondary bacterial skin infection. I have never seen a dog alive or live with that condition of skin/coat. I have no idea what it is but euthanizing before finding out is questionable.

140 days ago
70.

Shannon Saluzzi    

Google bald raccoon and you will see pictures that look just like this animal.

140 days ago
71.

Shannon Saluzzi    

http://www.boredpanda.org/bald-raccoon/

140 days ago
72.

Davis    

Obviously a CIA coverup

140 days ago
73.

PCA    

It's a raccoon.

140 days ago
74.

dontbestupid    

It was a raccoon with mange. I work at an wildife rehabilitation clinic. Mange is tiny parasitic mites that slowly suck the blood from the animal until it becomes anemic and dies. Baldness is a side effect. If it doesn't get treatment the animal can eventually die. A. These people should have sought treatment B. They shouldn't have had a wild raccoon in a cage the in first place and C. If mange progresses too far the most humane course of action is euthanasia, it's very possible PETA was right in this case. In any case it's obviously a raccoon, don't be stupid.

140 days ago
75.

AmandaG    

This is a raccoon with mange. Seriously people.. a dog? Do dogs sit on their haunches and eat with their front paws? Do they have paws that look like that? Google raccoon with mange.

140 days ago
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