As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

CRUELTY TO BIRDS: Five days for killing seagull

JESSIE ARCHAMBAULT, OTTAWA SUN

FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 01:28 PM EDT | UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 02:17 PM EDT

Killing a seagull led to five days in jail for Keith Watt.

On Aug. 27, 2013, Watt repeatedly bashed the bird into a brick wall and left it injured and motionless in blood, The bird died two days after the incident.

“The bird really suffered before dying form its injuries,” said Bruce Roney, executive director of the Ottawa Humane Society.

“We’re pleased the justice system has acknowledged that this act of animal cruelty is unacceptable in our community,” he said.

Watt was also sentenced to two years of probation, to pay restitution to the Ottawa Human Society, and won’t be allowed to own an animal for the next five years.

This is the second sentence related to animal cruelty this year in Ottawa. In February, Gregory Armstrong was sentenced to 60 days in jail for having tortured a mother raccoon and her kit.

Courts recognized the seriousness of the crime and punished accordingly, said Roney.


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