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Jul 27, 2011 12:03 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Authorities Seeking Information About Seagull Killing

Aug 2, 2011 2:28 PM

It was the third act of cruelty committed against a wild animal reported in Suffolk County in July, and like the two previous incidents, it also took place on the East End.

A seagull was lured with bread and then bludgeoned to death with a rock in Montauk early on Saturday, July 23, and now the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

A patron of the Royal Atlantic Hotel lured seagulls with bread, then threw rocks at them sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. that morning, the SPCA said in a press release. One brick-sized rock struck one of the birds, which vomited blood and bread before dying.

A woman in a red bathing suit took photographs of the incident, according to the SPCA. The organization is looking for her, or anyone else with information about the act, to come forward.

People with information about the incident can call the SPCA at (631) 382-7722. All calls will be confidential.

On July 5, a turtle was found in Sag Harbor with a nail driven through its shell and body. The reptile is recovering at the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons in Hampton Bays, and the SPCA is offering $12,500 for information that leads to the arrest of the perpetrator.

And on July 22, a swan impaled with an arrow was found near Indian Island County Park in Riverhead. The bird is also recovering at the Wildlife Rescue Center. An $11,000 reward is being offered for information.

Rewards for information about the attacks on the turtle and swan ballooned in recent weeks as donations poured in from outraged members of the public, the SPCA said in a recent press release.

The release also said that Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross was “particularly disturbed by the recent premeditated acts of abuse against innocent wildlife over the last several weeks.” Last Wednesday, July 27, Mr. Gross visited the wildlife center in Hampton Bays and led a discussion about animal cruelty and its correlation with violence committed against humans.

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What sick people out there ! I feed the seagulls all year long on my private dock fronting Weesuck Creek. One I named Wilbur and another one Scruffy lol.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jul 27, 11 12:54 PM
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You feed seagulls? I hope you are joking.

What are you a tourist?
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Jul 27, 11 1:17 PM
what? you never heard of feeding the birds?
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jul 27, 11 1:40 PM
I have heard of feeding the birds but seagulls?

That would be like feeding rats.

Either way, the people from the article are sick puppies. Sociopaths.
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Jul 27, 11 2:10 PM
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It's disgusting to know there are people who would prey on helpless animals. I hope when they are caught their faces are on the front page of all newspapers and on all internet news. Then they need to go to mandatory counseling for life, (and they must pay for it, not the county or state). And lastly, they need to have their hands chopped off so they cannot do this again.
By Latenighter (9), Southampton on Jul 27, 11 1:20 PM
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Latenighter - if you ever run for office, let me know - you'll have my vote! But can we clarify that when their hands are cut off, it's without benefit of anesthia or pain meds? People should reap what they sow.
By EastEnder2 (30), Hampton Bays on Jul 27, 11 2:00 PM
Yes EastEnder2, the state would definitely not spend a dime on anesthia or pain meds. That money would go towards the animals rehab of course.
By Latenighter (9), Southampton on Jul 28, 11 12:30 AM
Maybe Hammurabi wasn't so far off when it came to deterrence. I normally prefer non-violence, but captial punishment has my support.

Have we really become "soft" on punishment these days? Maybe so. I don't think I'd chop their hands off, but stoning them to within an inch of their life, so they can live to regret stoning anything, does have it's appeal...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 27, 11 8:30 PM
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Spray paint their faces with day glow red paint and have them walk down the main street in the town of their crime. Then ship them to Rikers.
By ridethetruthwave (17), southampton on Jul 27, 11 9:16 PM
don't forget the part about stoning them and the tar and feather bit too.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Jul 27, 11 10:25 PM