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Rabid Raccoon Shot, Killed by Police

The large raccoon was seen foaming from its mouth and nose on the porch of a home in White Lake.

White Lake Police responded to a home on Bonita Drive Oct, 22 after a homeowner reported having a large raccoon foaming from its mouth and nose on his back porch.

When the officer arrived, according to a police report, he corralled the raccoon into a garbage can and shot it. The raccoon did not die.

According to the report, the officer shot the raccoon again, in the head, then had to leave to respond to a retail fraud.

The officer returned two hours later, and the raccoon was still in the garbage can - alive.

The officer carefully packed up the raccoon and transported it to state land where it was finally disposed of.

For questions about this crime report, email brooke.meier@patch.com.

Nancy Homeister October 26, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Brooke - the worst I've seen from you. If you want to claim there was a rabid animal in White Lake, you should have waited for the test results. This poor animal probably had distemper, or had been hit by a car, but either way it suffered unnecessarily.
Brooke Tajer October 26, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I'm sorry Nancy, rabid was the term used by the police department and in the report.
John Holmes October 26, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Please Nancy, don't shoot the messenger. If you want to be upset at someone, be upset at the "CRITTER CONTROL" people on Bogie Lake rd, just south of M-59. Residents of Lakewood Village have been over run with COONS and POSSUMS because there is no law to stop them from letting the animals they trap out in they're yard. Haven't you seen all the dead animals in front of this house? The WLPD was called and they said there was nothing they could do about these jokers letting all these nasty critters loose on this neigborhood. So as a result, they are looking for dinner, in everyone's garbage cans. COON LOVERS UNITE!! Post your address and we'll be sure to drop them off at your house for a fun filled day of fresh fruit, manicures, and hygiene lessons.....as to not foam at the mouth.
Laura Vogel October 26, 2012 at 11:22 PM
sorry you feel that actually killing the animal, versus merely wounding it and leaving it for hours, is apparently a suitable way of disposing of a nuisance animal. I never said a raccoon was "equal" to a human, but I did indeed imply that a human owes a duty to not leave other living creatures needlessly in agony.
Gerry X October 27, 2012 at 01:07 AM
How do you know this animal suffered at all? It was shot in the head to the point that the officer thought he killed it. Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). My guess is the disease caused reflexive motor activity in the raccoon because it's brain continued to swell hours after it's death.

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