th_raccoon After a harrowing thirty-minute chase that led his rescuers across two rooftops, a four-month-old raccoon, nicknamed "Rocky" is safe and sound. About two months ago, "Rocky", probably sniffing around for food, had wedged his head into the mouth of a jar. No doubt frantic at the time, he managed to break the jar, but a collar of glass with dangerously sharp sides remained firmly attached to his neck. And although he wandered around the neighbourhood with his sister, no one could get close enough to do anything about his problem.

broken jarNeighbour residents called The Humane Society of Canada for help, and the rescuers responded to the site. "We ruled out the use of a tranquilizer gun, because we were afraid he might fall three stories, after being hit by the dart" explains HSC Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan. "Instead we decided to try and approach him with anchovies, and then capture him with a specially designed catchpoll. However, Rocky was smarter than that, and after chasing him across two rooftops, he still eluded us, until he started down the drain spout that ran along the back of the house," he said.

While a neighbour distracted Rocky, O'Sullivan snared the young raccoon with the catchpoll, and lowered him gently to the deck. Wearing heavy gloves, he held Rocky down and with a hammer, lightly tapped the glass collar, which immediately broke into two pieces. "Right after that, I put Rocky up on the fence and away he went, up the nearest tree. Later that night, he was joined by his sister, and the local residents report that he is doing well," said O'Sullivan, who thanked his son Pierce, and Luke and Kristie for their help.

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at via twitter at and on Facebook at:

[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]

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