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Police: CU student beats raccoon to death for hide

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 08 2013 06:46:28 PM CST
BOULDER, Colo. -

Police have arrested a 19-year-old University of Colorado student accused of beating a raccoon to death with a baseball bat so he could take the animal's hide.

Authorities were called to a home just east of the CU campus Wednesday evening on reports that someone was killing raccoons. Officers say they found a baseball bat covered in blood on the front porch of the house, along with a raccoon skin covered in salt.
    
The Daily Camera reports Jace Robert Griffiths, who lives at the home, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated animal cruelty.
    
Griffiths said in a statement to police the raccoon approached him and a friend, and "we could have walked away, but I decided to go up and kill it so that I could take its hide."

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