BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Three 19-year-olds face felony animal cruelty charges in the death of a raccoon.

Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel says several witnesses reported the incident that happened Monday. Police Wednesday arrested Nicholas Philip Foti, Lucas Holton and August Quinn Noble.

Kobel says Foti told police that he hit the raccoon harder than he meant to after it kept getting into their trash cans. When he realized he had seriously injured the animal, Kobel says Foti told investigators he kept hitting the animal to “put it down.” Police say the other two admitted their involvement.

Foti and Holton were being held at the Boulder County Jail on $2,500 bail. Jail officials say Noble had not yet been booked.

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Comments (3)
  1. Phil says:

    In NJ, Raccoons are considered vermin and this would be a non-event. It’s shameful that anyone would consider charging ANYONE for this.

  2. narada tanner says:

    Phil you took the words out of my mouth, welcome to Colorado home of one of the most overreacting, self righteous, ignorant, vindictive justice systems in the U.S.
    lets totally ruin some peoples futures with felony arrests for killing a raccoon.
    the nazis in germany had similar laws against animal cruelty and I believe the test of time has exposed the level of their character.

  3. Jesse Jackson says:

    They went after the wrong “Coon”. Where is he this week? Hawaii or golfing?

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