This is a rather horrific and nightmarish article by a vet.
"I used to think raccoons were cute. That was before I started working nights. Now I honestly believe that raccoons are genuinely sadistic creatures that take pleasure in trying to kill dogs and cats."
Since we had several years of raccoons making our Collinsville property and had dozens trapped and taken away by Critter Control, this story stopped me in my tracks. Now I really worry.
"Although raccoons sometimes kill cats for sport, cats generally have the good sense to steer clear of the masked animal bandits. Dogs, on the other hand, often relish a fight with a raccoon. It's a fight they almost always lose. Here is a raccoon's modus operandi when it attacks a dog: The raccoon attempts to scratch out the dog's eyes. The raccoon rolls the dog onto its back and attempts to eviscerate it. Raccoons bite and scratch with amazing speed and ferocity. Their bites often penetrate the chest wall, leading to collapsed lungs. They may penetrate the abdomen, leading to septic peritonitis. They also have a knack for lacerating the urethra, causing urine to accumulate underneath the skin, resulting in terrible scalding and possible secondary kidney failure. They are fond of knocking dogs into the canals in order to try to drown them."
We haven't seen or have been told of raccoon sightings by our neighbors this summer, but all the same, letting Ferdie out in the dark yard at night to have his last bathroom break will be kind of unnerving. I wish I hadn't read this.