If a raccoon attacks someone in Monroeville, police want to know about it before TV news viewers do.
Last week, a Monroeville woman who said she was attacked by a raccoon was featured on a television news broadcast. She told the reporter she was attacked by a raccoon at a Dumpster outside of Cambridge Square Apartments.
Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole said the Monroeville dispatch center had no record of a call for police or medical service for a raccoon attack. Officials said the woman should have notified them, and they encourage people to call 911 for animal attacks.
“If (a resident) is ever bit by an animal, they should call the authorities,” Monroeville Animal Control officer Mike Strom said Tuesday. “We’d like to try to get the animal and not have someone else get bit.”
The Cambridge Square resident who said she was attacked by the raccoon couldn’t be reached for comment.
An unnamed woman who said she was the property manager of Cambridge Square Apartments said Tuesday she would not comment, except to say that it was the first she had heard of the incident.