Ex-Englewood councilman’s racoon encounter causes stir

A former Englewood city councilmember hurt and killed a raccoon immediately after the animal attacked…

A former Englewood city councilmember hurt and killed a raccoon immediately after the animal attacked his dog, according to his account of the incident that still left one close by resident involved more than enough to phone police.

Steve Yates chased the raccoon into a neighbor’s yard and “pinned the animal down” with a extended object although it enable out cries for 10 to 20 minutes, in accordance to an area resident’s account in an Englewood police report.

The resident yelled to request Yates what he was performing, and he replied that the raccoon had attacked his pet, the report states.

The animal’s cries began around 10 p.m. July 27, and the resident termed out to Yates close to that time, according to the report. The cries inevitably finished, but all around 10:30 p.m., the resident heard the raccoon cry out all over again “for a small time and then stop,” the report claims.

Neighbors have been “very upset toward Yates,” the resident explained, according to the report. Dispatch obtained a call from yet another area resident relevant to the incident on July 29, but that caller did not have firsthand expertise of the scenario. Primarily based on the report, there appeared to be only one particular witness to the incident, and that resident did not want to testify in court about it, the report states.

The previous councilmember pinned the raccoon to the ground with a pipe, the report claims.

Yates instructed the Englewood Herald he was in his garden with his two dogs when two raccoons approached and engaged in a confrontation with a person of the canines.

“The racoon’s biting my dog, the dog’s defending by itself — I am panicking, I have bare ft, no cellphone, no weapons of any variety,” Yates said. He added: “There transpired to be a copper pipe that I picked up, and when I got around there, I saw that there’s two raccoons. One was attacking my dog. The other just one was becoming held by the pet at that position.”

Yates took the pipe and swung at a person of the raccoons to shoo it away, and “it arrived back like 5 periods,” Yates mentioned.

Eventually, that raccoon still left, but the other raccoon was biting the dog, Yates explained. With the pipe, Yates pinned the raccoon’s shoulder to the floor, he explained.

“So now I am standing there, a foot absent from a raccoon that was quite pissed off, holding it to the ground, and I am like, what do I do? If I release it, it’s either likely to attack me or the pet dog. By this time, the raccoon’s very injured. So if I was to just release it, that would be really cruel since it would have died at that time, but … pretty a although afterward,” Yates stated.

Yates reported it took “a minimal even though to kill” the raccoon, including that he guesses the incident lasted about 15 minutes. He described the incident as “a terrible situation” wherever he experienced no 1 to aid him. His wife wasn’t there at the time, Yates explained.

Yates “stated he took care of what he wanted to to safeguard his pet dog,” the report suggests. The report did not say whether Yates’ pinning the raccoon is what at some point killed it. Yates informed the Herald: “I was not heading to enable it endure. It was deceased, and I packaged it up and disposed of it correctly.”

The dog sustained cuts to the confront and on the paw and was bitten multiple moments, Yates informed the Herald. In accordance to the police report, Yates instructed the officer the pet sustained a few scratches but was Okay.

The Englewood Town Attorney’s Business office, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Place of work and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife “are all in arrangement (and) no rates will be submitted,” and the circumstance is closed, the report states.

An Englewood code enforcement officer gained a contact back from the point out Parks and Wildlife division, which informed the officer that a raccoon is viewed as “nuisance wildlife” and that if Yates did get rid of it to secure his house — his puppy — there would be no prison expenses, the report suggests.

A Parks and Wildlife officer “also mentioned that if the citizen did injure the raccoon and followed it to put it out of its misery … (that) is no various than a hunter wounding a deer and subsequent it to place it down,” the report claims.

In accordance to the DA’s office, given that Yates was not killing the raccoon maliciously or with criminal negligence and killed the raccoon in defense of his home, the DA’s place of work would not file fees mainly because no prison violation transpired below Title 18 under Colorado point out legislation, relating to cruelty to animals, the report suggests.

The 18th Judicial DA’s Business office jurisdiction contains Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. At minimum a single citizen contacted Parks and Wildlife about the incident, in accordance to the report.

Questioned irrespective of whether he felt the final decision not to file prices amounted to unique procedure of a previous metropolis councilmember, Yates claimed that is “absolutely not” the situation.

“Especially when you consider into thing to consider that it was not just our metropolis involved. We’re talking (about) other companies where I haven’t fulfilled any one … Our police division and our town lawyers, they never treatment who it is. They address everyone equally. And I would anticipate them to.”

Englewood Town Attorney Tamara Niles could not quickly be arrived at for remark, which includes on irrespective of whether the case could be prosecuted by a different federal government entire body.

Yates, who has lived in Englewood for many years, is a former at-big city councilmember who was elected in 2013 and ran unsuccessfully for reelection in 2017.