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N.D. girl who introduced raccoon to bar slapped with costs


She’ll want a fur-ocious authorized protection.

A North Dakota girl who introduced a wild raccoon to a bar was charged Wednesday with three crimes.

Erin Christensen, 38, was accused of illegal possession of furbearers, mendacity to investigators and tampering with proof.

Christensen introduced the raccoon, which she and her household named Rocky, to a bar within the 500-person city of Maddock on Sept. 6. When authorities discovered, they issued a rabies alert.

Cops later tracked down Christensen, who mentioned she discovered Rocky on the facet of the street three months in the past and was nursing him again to well being alongside along with her household. She mentioned Rocky by no means left her arms whereas they have been on the bar collectively.

Proudly owning a pet raccoon is unlawful in North Dakota, so authorities seized Rocky and killed him. The raccoon later examined unfavorable for rabies.

“It’s unfair and an excessive amount of was completed to detain an harmless raccoon,” Christensen told the Bismarck Tribune. “They weren’t fearful concerning the well being of us, if we had rabies or not. They have been fearful about discovering and killing Rocky and placing me behind bars.”

If convicted, Christensen faces as much as two years in jail and a $7,500 superb.

With Information Wire Companies

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