Skunk sprays police officer who saved it

Police officer sprayed by skunk he saved

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — No good deed goes unpunished, as one Massachusetts police officer found out the hard way.

Cambridge officer Dan McGinty went to rescue a skunk stuck in a yogurt container and got sprayed just as soon as he saved the animal.


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Both the skunk and the officer are OK, but one needed a few showers to feel like himself again.

Police made sure to give a shout out to the maintenance crew which got stuck with the smelly task of de-skunking the officer's vehicle.

One lucky skunk; and one unlucky officer…..

One lucky skunk - and one unlucky officer….. Yesterday morning around 6:30a, our Officers responded to a concern regarding a skunk at the Danehy Dog Park walking around in circles with a yogurt cup reportedly stuck on its head. With the skunk clearly in distress, Officer McGinty heroically stepped up and attempted to successfully pull off the cup without any consequences. While we are happy to report that the skunk was freed and uninjured, Officer McGinty’s good deed led to a stinky punishment (and multiple showers). Special shout out to our fleet maintenance crew too, as they had to tackle the deskunking of Officer McGinty’s vehicle.

Posted by Cambridge Police Department on Tuesday, August 20, 2019