Raccoons attack dog, owner says ‘nobody will do anything’

Clark County

James Crane said Clark County Animal Control hasn't taken any action

WASHOUGAL, Wash. (KOIN) — A dog owner in Clark County is frustrated with animal control officials after his dog was attacked — again — by a pack of raccoons.

James Crane told KOIN 6 News the attack happened Wednesday morning at his mobile home at North Shore Estates.

He had just let his 7-year-old blue heeler named Zach out to his backyard when the pack of raccoons turned aggressive.

“All 5 of them came after him and they pinned him on his back and started biting him repeatedly,” Crane said.

Crane tried to help his dog and was scratched by one of the raccoons in the process.

“When I tried to get them off of him, they came after me — before I did anything. I didn’t do anything, I was just trying to save my dog’s life.”

James Crane said animal control hasn’t taken any action after his dog was attacked by raccoons for the second time in Washougal, July 24, 2019. (KOIN)

He eventually chased the raccoons away and rushed Zach to the vet where he learned his dog had been bitten on all 4 legs and even his tongue. Zach is expected to recover.

This marked the second time raccoons have bit his dog on his property, Crane said, and that one of his neighbors feeds the wild animals.

Crane said he has reached out to Clark County Animal Control in the past but nothing ever changes.

“Nobody will do anything,” he said. “If my dog bites another dog or my dog bites a small child, my dog is done. The raccoon is free. It can do whatever it wants.”

Crane said he plans to install more electric fencing in his backyard to keep the raccoons away.

“I don’t want him to get bit again,” Crane said. “I’m done.”

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