A previous Englewood town councilmember wounded and killed a raccoon after the animal attacked his dog, in accordance to his account of the incident that still left one close by resident worried more than enough to call law enforcement.
Steve Yates chased the raccoon into a neighbor’s property and “pinned the animal down” with a long item even though it let out cries for 10 to 20 minutes, according to an region resident’s account in an Englewood law enforcement report.
The resident yelled to check with Yates what he was accomplishing, and he replied that the raccoon had attacked his pet, the report says.
The animal’s cries commenced around 10 p.m. July 27, and the resident referred to as out to Yates about that time, according to the report. The cries ultimately finished, but all-around 10:30 p.m., the resident read the raccoon cry out yet again “for a shorter time and then prevent,” the report claims.
Neighbors ended up “very upset toward Yates,” the resident claimed, according to the report. Dispatch gained a connect with from an additional spot resident relevant to the incident on July 29, but that caller did not have firsthand know-how of the situation. Based mostly on the report, there appeared to be only a person witness to the incident, and that resident did not want to testify in court docket about it, the report says.
The former councilmember pinned the raccoon to the floor with a pipe, the report says.
Yates informed the Englewood Herald he was in his lawn with his two dogs when two raccoons approached and engaged in a confrontation with a single of the canines.
“The racoon’s biting my pet, the dog’s defending itself — I am panicking, I have bare ft, no cellphone, no weapons of any kind,” Yates stated. He extra: “There happened to be a copper pipe that I picked up, and when I got over there, I observed that there is certainly two raccoons. A person was attacking my pet. The other one particular was becoming held by the canine at that point.”
Yates took the pipe and swung at just one of the raccoons to shoo it away, and “it came again like 5 instances,” Yates explained.
Inevitably, that raccoon left, but the other raccoon was biting the pet, Yates explained. With the pipe, Yates pinned the raccoon’s shoulder to the ground, he claimed.
“So now I’m standing there, a foot away from a raccoon that was pretty pissed off, keeping it to the ground, and I’m like, what do I do? If I launch it, it’s possibly likely to assault me or the doggy. By this time, the raccoon’s pretty injured. So if I was to just release it, that would be really cruel for the reason that it would have died at that time, but … very a though afterward,” Yates reported.
Yates reported it took “a very little when to kill” the raccoon, adding that he guesses the incident lasted about 15 minutes. He explained the incident as “a lousy situation” exactly where he experienced no 1 to enable him. His spouse was not there at the time, Yates claimed.
Yates “stated he took treatment of what he needed to to secure his canine,” the report says. The report didn’t say no matter if Yates’ pinning the raccoon is what ultimately killed it. Yates told the Herald: “I was not likely to let it experience. It was deceased, and I packaged it up and disposed of it correctly.”
The canine sustained cuts to the face and on the paw and was bitten a number of moments, Yates told the Herald. In accordance to the law enforcement report, Yates advised the officer the pet sustained a number of scratches but was Ok.
The Englewood Town Attorney’s Office environment, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Business and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife “are all in settlement (and) no expenses will be filed,” and the circumstance is closed, the report says.
An Englewood code enforcement officer acquired a call again from the condition Parks and Wildlife division, which knowledgeable the officer that a raccoon is considered “nuisance wildlife” and that if Yates did get rid of it to shield his residence — his puppy — there would be no prison fees, the report suggests.
A Parks and Wildlife officer “also stated that if the citizen did injure the raccoon and adopted it to set it out of its misery … (that) is no distinctive than a hunter wounding a deer and adhering to it to put it down,” the report states.
In accordance to the DA’s place of work, because Yates was not killing the raccoon maliciously or with legal negligence and killed the raccoon in protection of his residence, the DA’s business would not file fees mainly because no criminal violation transpired under Title 18 beneath Colorado point out regulation, pertaining to cruelty to animals, the report claims.
The 18th Judicial DA’s Business office jurisdiction consists of Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. At the very least one citizen contacted Parks and Wildlife pertaining to the incident, according to the report.
Asked no matter whether he felt the choice not to file expenses amounted to special cure of a former city councilmember, Yates mentioned that is “absolutely not” the scenario.
“Especially when you just take into consideration that it was not just our city associated. We are speaking (about) other organizations the place I have not met anybody … Our police division and our city lawyers, they do not care who it is. They take care of absolutely everyone similarly. And I would expect them to.”
Englewood Metropolis Legal professional Tamara Niles could not promptly be achieved for remark, which include on no matter whether the situation could be prosecuted by a further government physique.
Yates, who has lived in Englewood for a long time, is a previous at-substantial metropolis councilmember who was elected in 2013 and ran unsuccessfully for reelection in 2017.