A video posted to Facebook on Monday afternoon has many in the Capital Region talking.

A word of warning: Some viewers may find the video disturbing.

The video shows two Coeymans police vehicles circling and then eventually striking a raccoon.

As you might expect, the post got hundreds of responses, many from people outraged about the way the animal was treated. But Coeymans police say they had good reason for taking that approach.

The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is working with authorities to determine if Coeymans police used proper tactics in subduing the raccoon.

Police say they received several calls about a rabid raccoon in Faith Plaza, with the animal even trying to get into a building at one point. They say they decided to use their squad cars to subdue the animal because it's a public space, and guns would have been too dangerous.

They say the raccoon was "dispatched as quickly and humanely as possible."