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Submitted by on 1, December 15, 2010 – 12:00 am2 Comments

The Island’s rampaging raccoons are at it again, this time attacking two dogs inside their East End home, the Journal’s Peter Hegarty reports.

As many as four raccoons entered a home on the 3200 block of Liberty Avenue early Thursday morning and attacked the dogs, a 9-year-old Labrador and a 5-year-old Chihuahua, Hegarty reports. The dogs were treated at a veterinary hospital and are under quarantine at home, his story says.

The attack marks the eighth documented raccoon attack on the Island this year, Hegarty reports. It follows a November attack on a woman who was walking her dog in Washington Park.


  • knealy says:

    When are our officials going to take these incidents seriously and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?

    My cat was attacked many months ago and wounded badly. Years ago I could rent a trap from the animal shelter and bring the trapped raccoons to the shelter. Then they stopped the program and told me that raccoons are just part of the natural environment and I should learn to live with them.

    There is a difference between wild and cities. I don’t understand the philosophy that says we should treat a civilized settled area with children and pets as though it were wilderness.

    We don’t do it with rats, and we shouldn’t do it with raccoons. They have become more than a nuisance. They are now a danger and our officials need to take the problem seriously.

  • Petrov Ushinky says:

    I had a major raccoon problem last summer in my garden, off Southwood. I tried various means to deter and scare them off but to no avail. I then tried a BB gun but they were back and trashed my vegetables. based on a friend’s recommendation, I borrowed a gun and used Barnes Varmint Grenade bullets with a silencer, so as not to disturb or bother neighbors. There is no danger as the bullet vaporizes upon impact, no ricochet or fragments. Guaranties the elimination of the offending raccoon or feral cat etc, first time. I only had to kill one raccoon to stop the rest from coming back. Check out manufacturer’s video http://wn.com/Barnes_Varmint_Grenade_Bullets

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