A raccoon was found in a Hicksville yard in February, barely moving but alive, and was euthanized by county police [“Raccoon trapped in Nassau had rabies,” News, March 25].

As a Suffolk County resident, I would love to know how that Nassau resident was able to get police to even attend the potentially dangerous situation of a diseased animal in the yard.

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I’ve had this situation several times. My neighbor called the police and was told to call animal control, which in turn said that a private animal-control service would have to be called at the expense of the homeowner. Officials also indicated that leaving the yard gate open would allow the sick animal to depart. It was too sick to hop the fence.

Suffolk needs to step it up.

Bridgit Manseau, Rocky Point