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Dog owner shoots raccoon as it attacks her pet

January 7, 2009 |  8:17 am

A Pasadena woman shot and later killed a raccoon as it attacked her dog at her home, officials said today.

“She hears her dogs barking in the backyard, heads out and sees a raccoon attacking one of the dogs,” said Lt. Bruce George of the Pasadena Police Department. “She tried to hit it with a hoe or a shovel or something, but it didn’t stop fighting her dog.

"So she goes and gets her gun and tries to shoot the raccoon, and it doesn’t do anything," he said. "It still doesn’t stop. And then she whacked it a couple more times with the shovel, and then the raccoon died.”

The woman killed the raccoon about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in  her backyard in the 600 block of North Las Robles Avenue. Her name was not released by police because she did not commit a crime in killing the raccoon, which police believe was wild.

“She was just protecting her dogs,” George said. “The only reason we found out about all this was her neighbors called for shots fired.”

-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

From the archives: Read about Times columnist Steve Lopez's problems with raccoons in 2005. And again in 2007.