Boyle grand jury gets 'raccoon drag' case

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJune 10, 2014 

A Boyle County grand jury will consider the case of a raccoon mauling at the Boyle County Fair.

Boyle County Attorney Richard Campbell said Tuesday that he and Commonwealth's Attorney Richie Bottoms met with investigators to discuss the case. They determined that it is best for a grand jury to hear evidence and issue possible felony indictments.

The grand jury probably won't hear that evidence until the latter part of July, Campbell said.

Earlier this month, after a coon dog treeing contest, several spectators encouraged a "raccoon drag" in the horse ring. That involved putting dogs in the horse ring and letting them fight over the raccoon. Danville police stopped the incident; the raccoon was alive but severely injured.

Fair Board president M. Ryan Owens later issued an apology about the incident, saying, "no one on the fair board or myself was informed or approved this. We do not condone or support any activities like this at our fairgrounds nor will we ever. We wish to apologize to everyone and promise to work with all officials to resolve this matter."

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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