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Oliver MacQuat said police raided his Gatineau, Que., home on suspicion it was a marijuana grow-op. ((CBC))

More than four days after their home was raided by gun-wielding police, a Gatineau, Que., family is still waiting for an explanation and an apology.

Police said they thought they had discovered a marijuana grow operation, but eventually they discovered they had been duped by a skunk.

When CBC News first reported the story the MacQuat family was flooded with calls and emails, offering support. 

"Wow, I couldn't count so many called," said Paula MacQuat.

She said the family was overwhelmed, even receiving offers of money so they could sue the police — a move they are not currently planning.

"It gives me so much faith in humanity now that people will stand up for what is right and back up people who are accosted like this," she said Monday. 

Oliver MacQuat said around 7:30 p.m. last Thursday a team of armed police officers entered his rural home on Montée Paiement with guns drawn, on the assumption they were busting a marijuana grow-op.

"They all had their handguns drawn. That really scared the hell out of me," said MacQuat. 

He said up to a dozen officers started searching the house, but found nothing.

It soon became clear a skunk living beneath a nearby building triggered the raid. Police mistakenly confused the skunk smell with the smell of marijuana.

"I'm upset and I'm confused. I would like an answer how this even came about in the first place," MacQuat said.

So far, police have said only that they had reasonable grounds to conduct the search.

The search warrant is vague. It just says there was reason to believe the house contained marijuana plants, electrical equipment and grow lamps.

Paula MacQuat said she has now received more information from police — that a passing officer apparently first reported smelling pot.

"I don't believe they investigated properly. Everything happened in the space of two days according to police," she said.

She also learned that a thermal imaging camera detected a lot of heat coming from their home.

MacQuat says that's not surprising since the home is 150 years old and poorly insulated — something she thinks the police should have taken into account before showing up with their guns drawn.

The MacQuat family is asking for a formal apology from the Gatineau and Quebec provincial police forces.