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Police Officer Pepper Sprays Baby Squirrel

Posted by shadmia on April 13, 2011

I wonder what kind of lesson the kids learned from this experience­: How to handle a baby squirrel? How police handle defenseles­s lifeforms? The power of pepper spray? There has just got to be a lesson somewhere, right?

Officer Davis of the Mesquite Police Department, Texas was “protecting” of group of children at Kimbrough Middle School from a baby squirrel. The video was taken by one of the students at the school. Students are heard pleading for the officer to stop, shouting things like “Don’t spray him!

Mesquite Police Department has defended the officer’s actions:

Sgt. Wes Talley said the officer stood between a group of students and the animal because he thought it may have been rabid. Talley said after several unsuccessful attempts to scare the squirrel away, the officer used his pepper spray on it to protect the welfare of the students.

There is a happy ending to this story:

After determining that the squirrel had done nothing wrong, animal control officers reportedly cared for the squirrel at a shelter before releasing it back into the wild. No charges are expected to be filed.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

3 Responses to “Police Officer Pepper Sprays Baby Squirrel”

  1. John said

    Gotta go with the cop on this one…although squirrels RARELY get rabies, the still can and this one was acting odd.
    He was still coming the kids way even with them yelling…I would have suspected rabies also, or at least enough NOT to take a chance of a kid getting bit and have to have a few thousand dollars worth of shots! (Rabies vaccine is VERY expensive!)

  2. shadmia said

    I hear you about rabies vaccine being expensive but I got to believe that the cop could have used a more humane way to capture the squirrel. Get a paper or plastic bag, a garbage can or a box. There had to be a better way especially in front of a bunch of kids some of whom were pleading with the officer not to hurt the animal.

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