RSPCA Warns Against Keeping Raccoon Dogs as Pets

Posted by TF Oren
Raccoon dog walking in the winter forest

It's no secret that wild animals don't make good pets.

In this vein, the RSPCA has issued a warning against keeping raccoon dogs as pets.

Native to East Asia, raccoon dogs resemble raccoons but actually belong to the canine family. They feed on amphibians and ground-nesting birds. Consequently, they are being culled in certain countries because they pose a risk to native wildlife populations.

The RSPCA warning comes after Easter weekend, when a stray raccoon dog was found hiding in a garden near Boston, Lincolnshire, a town on the east coast of England. It is also issued in response to the growing popularity of keeping raccoon dogs as pets in the U.K.

This stray raccoon dog was found hiding in a garden. Photo by RSPCA via BBC News.
This stray raccoon dog was found hiding in a garden. Photo by RSPCA via BBC News.

Inspector Becky Harper said, "They are wild animals and we would strongly discourage people from buying or keeping one...They need a great deal of space, and their needs cannot be met in a typical domestic environment."

Over the past few years, the RSPCA has dealt with a number of cases involving either escaped or abandoned pet raccoon dogs.

The raccoon dog found in Boston, Lincolnshire is currently in the care of the RSPCA. Officials were not able to locate his owner. They have named him Cedric and he will soon be transferred permanently into the care of a specialist keeper.

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