October 18, 2016 9:12 am
Updated: October 18, 2016 9:39 pm

Vancouver woman viciously attacked by a raccoon

WATCH: An East Vancouver woman is nursing some serious injuries after a vicious confrontation with a raccoon. John Hua explains why experts say raccoons are now twice as aggressive and what you can do to protect yourself.

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A Vancouver woman is now recovering after a bizarre attack in her neighbourhood sent her to hospital.

Karee Toft was walking her dog in East Vancouver early Monday morning when she was viciously attacked by a raccoon.

She tried to fight the animal off but it was relentless, leaving her with more than 50 puncture wounds.

After 15 minutes of screaming for help, neighbours came to her rescue. She was rushed to hospital and given a tetanus shot.

WATCH: East Vancouver woman left with dozens of wounds by a raccoon.

Her dog was also hurt in the attack but is expected to make a full recovery.

READ MORE: Vancouver West End residents concerned about aggressive raccoon attacks

“[The raccoon] ran and actually jumped on me and knocked me over and attacked me,” said Toft. “He was in a total frenzy, he didn’t stop. I was holding Indie, our dog, with one hand as far away as I could on the ground.”

“I was trying to kick or get away or punch the raccoon. He just wouldn’t stop.”

Last December, an aggressive raccoon attacked a woman and her dogs in Coal Harbour.

Experts say, when walking your dogs make an effort not to walk near any bushed areas or areas where wild animals may be hiding.

-With files from Catherine Urquhart

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