Man Held on $25,000 Bond for Killing Raccoon

Joseph Amico, 26, faces animal crulety charges for hitting a raccoon with a 2x4 in Coconut Creek.

Friday, Jul 26, 2013  |  Updated 9:23 AM EDT
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Joseph Amico, 26, faces animal crulety charges for hitting a raccoon with a 2x4 in Coconut Creek.

Joseph Amico, 26, faces animal crulety charges for hitting a raccoon with a 2x4 in Coconut Creek.

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A man is being held on $25,000 bond for killing a raccoon next to a Carl's Furniture store in Coconut Creek.

Joseph Amico, 26, is charged with causing a cruel death with pain and suffering to an animal, Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley said in court Thursday.

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Amico was arrested after officials were alerted that a video had been posted on a Facebook page showing Amico swinging at the raccoon with a 2x4 piece wood, Hurley said. The video shows the raccoon standing up on its hind legs, as if reaching for food, just before Amico hits it, the judge said.

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Amico allegedly told police he struck the raccoon because it looked helpless, according to Hurley. A voice in the background of the video could be heard saying, "Blast him, blast him," Hurley said.

Hurley raised Amico's bond from $2500 due to his past criminal history and the manner in which the raccoon was killed. Amico previously served three years in prison for burglary and trafficking opium.

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He was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and stay away from Carl's Furniture if he posts bond.

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