Police in Half Moon Bay are looking for two men who witnesses say purposely drove a car into a gaze of raccoons outside a local grocery store this morning, killing at least two animals. Witnesses told police the incident happened at about 5:40 a.m. near the loading bays behind a Safeway store near the intersection of state Highway 1 and Half Moon Bay Road, according to Sgt. Michael O’Malley. Police are seeking the men, who “accelerated over some raccoons,” on suspicion of cruelty to animals, he said. A large gaze of raccoons congregates at the Safeway at night and in the early morning, he said. Raccoons are attracted to the grocery store’s dumpsters, he said, and some employees apparently feed the animals. “It seems to be a raccoon haven there,” O’Malley said. “It’s their version of a McDonald’s.” The car left two dead raccoons behind. O’Malley said other animals may have been injured before retreating. Witnesses were able to give police a possible license plate number for the car, a dark blue Honda Civic, according to O’Malley. Half Moon Bay police are “having one of our sister agencies attempt contact with them,” he said. O’Malley declined to say in what town the plates are registered, but he did say police are referring the incident to San Mateo County’s animal control and licensing department. “They’re more the experts in this type of situation,” he said. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text at 408-355-0999 if you know the name of these men or have any information that can help solve this crime.
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