Escaped racoon dogs are causing chaos in a quiet village by terrorising locals and attacking animals, as police urge anyone who sees them to call 999.
The residents of Clarborough, in Nottinghamshire, have been under siege from “potentially dangerous” racoon dogs which escaped from a private enclosure on Big Lane, a residential street, on Tuesday evening.
The dog sized animals, which are indigenous to East Asia and known to eat reptiles and small mammals, have threatened to attack pet dogs, ponies and goats belonging to terrified locals.
Police have warned villagers who spot the fox-related creatures to alert them as they are “not domesticated” and are not safe to keep as pets, according to the RSPCA.
An unsuspecting couple who prevented their pet goat and pony from being attacked during a two hour stand off with one of the animals reported the incident immediately afterwards.
Mandy Marsh, 53, and her husband Dale, 54 who live in a bungalow surrounded by fields, said they were woken at around 4am by a “blood curdling scream” and ran outside.
Mrs Marsh said: “We were laid in bed at about 4am and I heard such a terrifying noise like I had never heard before. It was screaming.My husband went out and opened the door and the dog shot out.The dog was barking like mad and my husband went out after her.”