In Southington, Connecticut, a 68-year-old man faces animal cruelty charges after several eyewitnesses told authorities he intentionally ran over a family of geese with his pickup truck as they crossed the road. Thomas Guerrette had been operating his vehicle on Friday when he hit the animals- killing two goslings and severely injuring a third baby that had to be humanely euthanized. Police issued a misdemeanor summons charging him with cruelty to animals.
According to FoxNews, Guerrette denies the charges and told police he had taken his eyes off the road for a few moments and when he looked ahead, he saw the geese in front of him. He stated he swerved to try and avoid them. Witnesses, however paint a different story. One person stated Guerrette initially slowed down, but then accelerated before hitting the geese. Another witness observed that Guerrette never braked his vehicle to avoid hitting the birds. The Southington Patch reports the incident occurred on Welch Road near Mount Vernon Road.
Canada geese are protected from hunting and capture outside of designated hunting seasons in the United States by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and in Canada under the Migratory Birds Convention Act.
(Photo via screen shot Southington Patch)
Guerrette is scheduled to appear in court on June 12.
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