From the San Gabriel Valley Tribune of January 6, 2009
Woman shoots large raccoon attacking dog
A woman shot and killed a raccoon that was fighting with her pit bull terrier, police said.
Pasadena police Lt. Randell Taylor said neighbors called authorities to report a shot fired in the 600 block of Las Robles Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
When police arrived, they learned a large raccoon had attacked a resident's dog.
"She got a shovel and hit the raccoon about 15 times," Taylor said. "She shot it in the mid-section and it was still getting the best of the dog."
Taylor said the woman retrieved the shovel and again hit the raccoon several times before it let go of her dog.
"The dog was OK, other than some nasty cuts and bruises," Taylor said.
The Humane Society of the San Gabriel Valley recommended the woman take her dog to a 24-hour emergency veterinarian to check for rabies, Taylor said.