Pet squirrel escapes and attacks neighbor

Squirrel's owner facing fines

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

KATY, Texas - A woman is recovering after being attacked by her neighbor's pet squirrel.  Elizabeth Orzechowska said she was unloading groceries from her car when she felt something climb up her leg.

"So, I looked down and it was a squirrel," Orzechowska said to Local 2. "It started running up my back, started scratching my back and biting my back."

The incident happened in the 1800 block of Seneca Springs Court. 

Orzechowska went to the emergency room where she spent five hours getting stitched up and treated with antibiotics. She said she is in pain, her hands are swollen an she is unable to work. 

The squirrel belonged to Orzechowska's neighbor who has had it since it was just 3 weeks old.  The squirrel's name is B.B., he's 1 year old and only weighs about two pounds.

The owner is now facing fines from Harris County Animal Control and a Game Warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife said it is against the law to keep a squirrel as a pet. 

The owner told Local 2 she feels horrible about the bite and offered to pay any medical bills for her neighbor. She also said B.B. got away from her and isn't typically aggressive. She claims to have released the animal into the wild because she didn't want animal control officers to euthanize it. 

Orzechowska didn't have to be treated for rabies.  According to the Centers for Disease Control squirrels very rarely carry the disease and have not been known to transmit rabies to humans in the U.S.

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