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.