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Date: 06-12-2014

Charges in 'coon mauling' at Boyle Fair not likely until July;

By Todd Kleffman
The Advocate-Messenger

Those who are calling for action against people involved in orchestrating a dog attack on a raccoon at last month’s Boyle County Fair likely will have to wait until July before any charges are filed in the case.

Prosecutors have met with investigators from three agencies and continue to try to sort through witness statements to get a clearer picture of what occurred inside the horse arena in the middle of the fairgrounds in front of a large crowd of onlookers on May 30.

“We met with officers on Monday to review the evidence thus far,” Boyle County Attorney Richard Campbell said Wednesday. “We looked at a range of charges and indeed there’s a possibility that one or more people may face felonies.”

Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Bottoms said that first-degree animal cruelty is the felony charge that might apply in this case.

The so-called “coon mauling” drew national attention from animal lovers outraged that a raccoon that had been caged was released in front of coon dogs who were primed to give chase. The raccoon didn’t run and was quickly attacked by the dogs, several witnesses reported. Danville police eventually intervened and stopped the incident, stating in a press release that the animal was seriously injured but had survived.

The incident has spawned petitions demanding those responsible for staging the event be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Fair board president Ryan Owens has apologized and said board members were not aware the event was taking place. Organizer D.J. Pike, however, has said Owens encouraged the release of the animal to help draw a crowd.

Officers from Danville, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Boyle County Animal Control continue to investigate, still trying to track down some of the people who posted comments on social media about witnessing the incident, Campbell said.

Danville police are looking into possible violations of the penal code, including animal cruelty, while Fish and Wildlife is checking for violations of statutes regarding the licensing of the animals and related matters. Animal Control is gathering statements from some witnesses, Campbell said.

Bottoms said that interviews need to be completed and the investigations “centralized” before it can be determined what charges are appropriate. Bottoms would prosecute any felony cases while Campbell would handle the misdemeanors.

Both prosecutors said they did not believe the investigations would be completed in time to present any cases to the Boyle County grand jury when it meets next week. It’s more likely any cases stemming from the incident would be ready for the July session of the grand jury, they said.




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