Tennessee man accused of beating, stabbing raccoon

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A raccoon peers out from a hole in a tree in a ravine in Moreland Hills, Ohio on Wednesday, April 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – 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 the Putnam County General Sessions Court on Dec. 9.

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

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