HAMDEN, Conn. -- In an incident eerily similar to an eyeglass-store commercial, an 88-year-old woman was attacked Sunday night by a raccoon she accidentally let into her home and then tried to pet, thinking it was her cat, according to police.

The woman was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for several injuries. She had been released from the hospital by Monday morning, police said.

Police say the woman was attacked after a raccoon followed her cat into her home through a sliding glass door. When the woman attempted to pet what she thought was her cat, the raccoon attacked her, biting her on the elbow, hand, forearm, lip and chin.

The raccoon charged two police officers when they arrived at the house. The raccoon was caught, euthanized and brought to a state lab for rabies testing.

In a Sears Optical commercial first aired in 2009, a woman is seen outside of her home’s sliding glass door, calling for her cat. A raccoon follows her inside instead.

In February, the Boston Globe reported that a 73-year-old Hingham, Mass., woman was attacked by a raccoon that entered her home through a door flap her cat used to get inside the house. The woman was treated for cuts and bite wounds, the Globe reported.


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