CU student accused of beating raccoon to death with baseball bat

BOULDER, Colo. - A 19-year-old University of Colorado student is out on bond after he was accused of animal cruelty for beating a raccoon to death with a baseball bat so he could take the animal's hide.

According to an animal violation report, Jace Robert Griffiths was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police and animal control responded to the 2800 block of Springdale just before 4 p.m. after receiving a report of a person killing a raccoon.

Officers walked to the back of the residence and found a baseball bat covered in blood and a raccoon skin spread out on the back porch, covered in salt. The porch was covered in what appeared to be dried blood, according to the violation report.

Officers talked to Griffiths who said he lived at the house and killed the raccoon.

"My roommate and I were standing by my back porch. I had my baseball bat. A raccoon came from the dumpster and was walking toward us but I decided to go up and kill it so I could take it's (sic) hide," Griffiths said in his handwritten statement to police.

He wrote that he took the hide and threw the raccoon's remains in the dumpster. He also said he found a dead raccoon in the same spot in August and took its hide.

Griffiths was arrested on suspicion of aggravated animal cruelty.

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