Mounties capture masked bandit
2023-08-24 07:25 PDT
File # 2023-17069
On August 22, the West Shore RCMP responded to a very unusual call for help. At approximately 9:40 p.m. police received a report of screaming coming from the 500 block of Leckfield Ave in Langford. Moments later, another call was received from the same location of a dog that had just been attacked.
As it turns out, the medium-sized dog had been attacked by a racoon in the yard. The dog ran back into its home and was followed by the racoon. After fighting with the residents of the home, the racoon was now trapped in the bathroom. The homeowner called police looking for help in removing the racoon, while another complainant called police reporting screaming coming from the home, no doubt due to the racoon invader.
West Shore RCMP called the Animal Control Emergency Line but they were unable to attend, so officers attended and managed to capture the racoon using a dog pole, (brought by officers) and a lacrosse stick, (offered up by the homeowner). After putting up a pretty decent fight, the racoon was secured by the officers and was released outside.
"This was a bizarre encounter for police. We generally do not attend wildlife calls however, residents in the home had received injuries from this animal and Animal Control was not available, so the officers stepped in to help," said Cpl. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer.
The residents of the home and the dog received minor injuries from the racoon. We wish them a speedy recovery.
For more information on how to manage human-racoon encounters visit the Government of BC website.
Cpl. Nancy SaggarMedia Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 3A4
Website: westshore.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
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