While the Bounder County District Attorney's Office dismissed felony animal cruelty charges against a University of Colorado student who killed a raccoon, the case is being given a second look by the Boulder City Attorney's Office for any possible municipal violations.
Jace Roberts Griffiths, 20, was arrested in November after he told police he killed a raccoon with a bat so he could "take its hide."
Griffiths was charged with one count of aggravated animal cruelty. But in a motion filed Jan. 23, District Attorney Stan Garnett said Colorado law allows the killing of "furbearers" -- including raccoons -- during certain seasons for people with the proper licenses.
But last week Garnett indicated he had handed the case over to the Boulder city attorney's office, and officials with the city today confirmed they are examining the case.
"We're evaluating whether we have evidence of violations of Boulder Revised Code," city prosecutor Janet Michaels said. "We're hoping to make a decision this week."
According to a police report, officers were called to Griffiths' home in the 2800 block of Springdale Lane on Nov. 6 on a report of a person killing raccoons.
When officers arrived, they found a baseball bat covered in blood on the front porch of the house, along with a raccoon skin covered in salt. The porch was covered in what appeared to be dried blood, according to the report.
In a written statement, Griffiths said the raccoon came out of a Dumpster and was walking toward him and a friend.
"We could have walked away, but I decided to go up and kill it so that I could take its hide," Griffiths wrote in the statement. "I immediately regretted hitting it, but, rather than throwing it out, I took the hide and threw the remains in the bottom Dumpster."
When reached today, Griffiths declined to comment.