Indiana University student arrested after allegedly beating skunk to death with shovel

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Andrew Baldini

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – An Indiana University student was arrested on Friday after he allegedly beat a skunk to death with a shovel.

According to police, a fraternity house on the Bloomington campus has been having problems with skunks.

Last Friday, some of the fraternity members were playing basketball when a skunk walked across the court.

Police say Andrew Baldini picked up a shovel and hit the skunk. The skunk was injured by the blow and limped away.

Baldini followed the skunk and hit it several more times with the shovel, killing it on a public sidewalk on East 3rd Street.

Baldini was arrested and transported to the jail on a preliminary felony charge of animal cruelty. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor.