Masked Marauders Mix It Up With Mutts
Written by Eric Turowski,
Published: Thursday, 16 December 2010
The sounds of mammalian combat broke the still early morning air at 3 a.m. on Liberty Avenue Dec. 9.
Two dogs discovered masked bandits entering the home via a dog door, and a melee between two canines and four carnivores ensued.
Victim dogs, one a lab mix weighing 54 pounds, the other a dachshund mix weighing less than 10 pounds, got the worst of it, with the larger dog receiving the brunt of the injuries.
Both pets were rushed to an animal hospital in San Leandro.
The dogs, both current on their rabies vaccinations, are currently under house quarantine.
The raccoons in question were described only as wearing masks. They fled in an unknown direction.
Police suspect that dog food and water were kept near the dog door, and the masked bandits were aware of the goods and the easy access.
A source at APD believes that a scout raccoon discovered the food and returned with the entire pack for an early-morning feast — a meal that was interrupted by the dogs defending their territory.
However, entry via dog door is not only a raccoon standby.
Human bandits frequently use dog doors as a means to burglarize a home.
APD recommends not having a dog door at all, or if you must have one, it should feature a lock.
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