ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia fraternity member may face jail time for killing a racoon that might have been rabid.
The Feb. 5 hearing will determine whether an arrest warrant should be issued for student Erik Robert Zimmerman, Athens-Clarke County Solicitor General Ralph Powell said Wednesday.
Late on the night of Dec. 12, Zimmerman saw an erratically behaving raccoon near a trash bin and hit it with a traffic cone, according to a police report. When it did not run away, Zimmerman shot it with a pellet gun, the report said. A fellow fraternity brother skinned it and another ate some of it after it was burned.
Erratic behavior is a symptom of rabies.
Patrick Rives, animal control superintendent for Athens-Clarke, submitted the arrest warrant application last week to Chief Magistrate Judge Patricia Barron because his department does not have arrest powers.
If Barron approves the application and if Zimmerman were convicted of animal cruelty, Zimmerman could face up to 12 months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.
Zimmerman is the only fraternity member who could be charged because he is the one who actually killed the animal, Rives said.
The students still face sanctions from the fraternity's national organization.
So they thought it was rabid , yet still cooked and ate it LOL