Dozens of pet raccoons removed from Indianapolis home


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Animal Care Services got a call Wednesday about raccoons at a southwest side home where the homeowner apparently has been raising dozens of them as pets. 

As News 8 cameras were rolling, the homeowner went on an expletive-laden tirade that forced an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer to come to the scene. 

Neighbors, on the other hand, said they are relieved the raccoons are out of the home. 

It all happened on the 5500 block of Varna Drive, just off I-465 and Kentucky Avenue. 

Three animal control vans showed up as neighbors watched crews remove a couple dozen raccoons. IMPD confirmed the number. 

“That really surprised me that she had that many raccoons,” said Phil Rose, who lives across the street. 

Neighbors, who did not want to be identified, told News 8 that some of the baby raccoons have escaped into other people’s yards in the past. 

With kids who live nearby and plenty of pet owners, people including Rose said they are afraid about the risk of rabid raccoons. His dog, Mickey, just had a major surgery. 

“Anything can happen,” he said.

Neighbors told News 8 the homeowner with the raccoons is named Joyce. On her door is a sign “Love animals? End cruelty.” Her neighbors said she is an animal lover. But, they also said pet raccoons are too much.

“We’re not equipped and she’s not equipped no matter what she says,” Rose said. 

Animal Care Services did not respond to News 8’s request for comment by Wednesday night. IMPD told News 8 the plan is for the raccoons to be released into the wild. 

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