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Man arrested after killing raccoon that killed his cat

By Mason White 11:34 AM August 29, 2013
Richard Moller 

By: Moses Gold
A man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty related charges after he killed a raccoon because it killed his beloved cat, according to police reports in Colorado.

Boulder Police said that they arrested a local man on Monday night, for the beating of two raccoons, at least one of them fatally, as revenge for the killing of his cat, several years ago.

According to an arrest warrant, Boulder Police were called at 6:45 pm on Monday to 5610 Arapahoe Avenue after a witness saw a man, later identified as Richard Moller, 50, jump into a dumpster and starting to hit two raccoons with a piece of wood that had nails sticking out of it.

The witness said he could hear the raccoons “screaming and moaning” and said it appeared Moller was deliberately pushing nails into the animals.

The witness yelled at Moller, who said: “All raccoons must die.” He then jumped away and left the scene, according to court documents.

When police found and questioned Moller, he told officers that he had seen raccoons killing his cat, a few years ago. I had an anger problem and it was my chance to kill raccoons, Moller said according to an affidavit.

Moller told police he was not using the side with the nails and was just trying to hit it.

Police found a dead raccoon in the dumpster along with another injured raccoon, which fled before officers could catch it. A wood with long nails sticking out was also found in the trash.

Moller faces two felony counts of animal cruelty. As of Tuesday night, he remained in the Boulder County Jail on $100 bond.