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Outrage over video showing squirrel being pepper-sprayed

Author: Higgs Raccoon

Police were called to Kimbrough Middle School in Mesquite, Texas, after a squirrel was seen behaving erratically. The concern was that this can be a sign of rabies.

As a baby squirrel hopped towards a policeman in the grounds of a school, he took out his pepper spray, apparently to defend himself against the potentially infected animal. As school children pleaded with the officer not to harm the creature, the squirrel advanced and the man reacted by spraying it. The squirrel became disorientated and started writhing on the ground.

A Mesquite Animal Control officer was called and cleaned the spray off the squirrel. After being given a satisfactory bill of health, it was released back into the wild.

A video recording of the pepper-spraying incident, made by students, generated outrage after it was posting on YouTube. Having received over 700,000 views in one week, comments on the video are split between those condemning the officer’s actions as heavy-handed, and those sympathising with his need to maintain personal safety in the face of a possibly rabid animal.

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4 responses

  1. Why? Because people are douchebags!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:25 am

    • Well said. Give a human power, and they are bound to abuse it.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:48 am

  2. shouta

    May Squirrel’s disconnect is brake line

    April 14, 2011 at 2:41 am

  3. greg

    i don’t see the problem with defending a school against what was thought to be a rabid squirrel like what if it turned out to indeed have it then he would have been a hero

    April 14, 2011 at 9:51 am

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