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Tennessee man accused of beating, stabbing raccoon

Associated Press • Nov 22, 2019 at 10:16 AM

COOKEVILLE — A Tennessee man is charged with animal cruelty in the stabbing death of a raccoon.

The Cookeville Herald-Citizen reports an arrest warrant for John Phillips accuses him of trapping a raccoon in a cage on Wednesday. The warrant says the Cookeville resident then beat the animal with a wrench, kicked it “like a football” and stabbed it to death.

The animal cruelty charge is a class A misdemeanor.

Phillips has posted a $1,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Putnam County General Sessions Court on Dec. 9.

A phone number listed for Phillips was not working on Thursday.

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