Boulder resident beats raccoon to death as ‘revenge’ for cat’s death
BOULDER, Colo. — Police in Boulder arrested a man after they say he beat two raccoons with a nail-studded board, killing one and injuring another as “revenge” for killing his pet cat years ago.
According to the Daily Camera, 50-year-old Richard Moller was arrested after witnesses called police saying that they saw a man jump into a dumpster at 5610 Arapahoe Ave. and start beating two raccoons with a nail-studded board.
Witnesses could hear the animals “screaming and moaning,” according to the paper. When they yelled at Moller, he replied “all raccoons must die,” and fled the scene.
When Boulder police contacted Moller, he told officers that raccoons killed his cat a couple of years ago, saying, “It was my opportunity to kill the raccoons,” according to court records.
Moller confessed that he was not using the side of the board with nails in it, and that he was just trying to hit the raccoons with “blunt force trauma.”
The 3-foot board with nails sticking out of it was found inside the dumpster along with the raccoons’ bodies. Police said one of the injured raccoons ran away before they could catch it.
Moller is facing animal cruelty charges.