Wild and woolly in Barrington: Animal incidents keep cops busy

Wild and woolly in Barrington: Animal incidents keep cops busy


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A week packed with animal-related incidents in Barrington included one unlikely event that took place on Lincoln Avenue.

On Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8:55 a.m., a Riverside woman called police after she fell into a bush along Lincoln Avenue and was then bitten by a cat. The woman said she was walking along that roadway when she tripped and stumbled into a nearby bush. Little did she know that a cat was hiding in the bush.

The cat, which became startled, reportedly chomped down onto the woman’s forearm. The Riverside resident then called the police department to report the incident.

That same day, a police officer on a traffic detail on Linden Road was approached by a very skinny dog that was not wearing any tags. The officer called the station to report the dog, but soon thereafter a nearby resident emerged from a Linden Road house and claimed the dog. The resident said the dog was 17 years-old and suffered from dementia.

On Friday, Oct. 4, two residents reported being bitten by animals — a Meadowbrook Drive resident tried to pet a dog her daughter was watching when the animal bit her; and a New Meadow Road resident was bitten by a cat and it was not known whether the animal was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination.

Barrington police also responded to another report of a sick raccoon — the police chief said the department has fielded nearly a half-dozen similar calls recently. On Oct. 3, a Washington Road resident called the station after a large raccoon was spotted on the home’s deck. The animal was having trouble walking and showed other signs of being rabid. An officer euthanized the animal and removed it from the property.