$10,000 Reward Offered in Mutilation of Brown Pelican in Long Beach, CA

Posted on April 28, 2014


April 28, 2014 – The reward offer for this crime has been increased to $10,000. Click here to read the pelican’s recovery story.

For immediate release:

Megan Backus, ALDF


Click to see larger image. (Copyright International Bird Rescue)

April 24, 2014 – Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense fund (ALDF) along with the International Bird Rescue (IBR) are offering a total $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator (s) responsible for mutilating a pelican in Southern California. On April 16th, a California Brown Pelican was found at 5400 Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach by Animal Control. The bird—whose entire throat pouch was cut with a sharp knife-like object—is undergoing care IBR’s bird hospital in San Pedro. One or more surgeries involving hundreds of stitches will be required to repair the bird’s injuries. Staples are temporarily holding the pouch in place and the bird is thin and weak from not being able to eat. Photos of the bird and his injuries are available at bird-rescue.org.

California Brown Pelicans are a threatened species only taken off the endangered species list in 2009. Migratory birds like California Brown Pelicans are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, under Fish and Game Code 3511. Under these laws and California’s Penal Code§ 597(a)—which prohibits maliciously and intentionally maiming, mutilating, torturing, or wounding a living animal—as well as 597(c), the perpetrator (s) could be charged with a misdemeanor offense leading to one year in the county jail and/or a $20,000 penalty, or face felony charges and three years in the county jail and/or a $20,000 fine.

“We call on anyone with information of this sadistic crime to come forward,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “The relationship between animal cruelty and violence against humans is well-documented and abusers often go on to harm humans as well.”

Anyone with information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of the person (s) responsible for the mutilation of this bird should contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 310-328-1516.

15 thoughts on “$10,000 Reward Offered in Mutilation of Brown Pelican in Long Beach, CA

  1. Sue says:

    When will Laws be the same for Animal Abuse
    and Human/Child Abuse Be the SAME!
    They are One an the same..related on so many levels. Only when they are treated.Equally will
    we begging to combat BOTH!

  2. Laureen says:

    This useless piece of trash needs to be not only prosecuted, but removed from this planet!!!!

  3. Deborah says:

    More than likely, done by a man. Secondly, I do hope this guy is caught and charged to the fullest. Then when he is out, perhaps someone will cut his throat.

    1. Debby says:

      Why would you say that? It could be a child and I’ve seen videos of woman torturing and killing animals.

  4. Holly Allsion VH says:

    just when I think I’ve seen/heard/read the worst, someone not only proves me wrong but also proves that there no depths to human depravity. These dark abysses are created by only one species and it sickens me to know that it is my own.

  5. Brook Caillouette says:

    I thought animal abuse was now a felony in all 50 states. Why is this person only facing misdemeanor charges if/when they are caught?

  6. sheena greaves says:

    humans are the most evil things on this earth

  7. Debbie Chronister says:

    This is so HEARTLESS, CRUEL and INHUMANE for anyone to do this. Most of the time Cowardly people like this to these things because they know the bird CANNOT DEFEND ITSELF, and IS NOT ABLE TO TELL ANYONE WHO DID THIS.

  8. Stephanie says:

    This piece of scum needs to have his throat slashed a his pouch sliced off

  9. StarrChild says:

    How do you know this was an intentional mutilation, and not the result of a hook? I see pelicans all the time with hook injuries to the pouch, some very bad, enough that the bird has to be euthanized because there’s no way to repair it. Hooks can do tremendous damage and while yes, man made, not an intentional mutilation.

    1. Dyrako says:

      Judging from the photograph, you can see that the pouch has been sliced cleanly, rather than torn raggedly which would result from struggling against a caught hook or wire. You can also see that the cut goes all the way down the pouch as far as it can go without decapitating the bird. It’s unlikely that such a cut would have happened naturally, or by accident. It’s also typically possible to be able to tell what ‘type’ or ‘size’ of tool was used to make certain injuries. I’m by no means an expert, so I don’t know how accurate such analysis could be for this situation, but I would presume from the sounds of things that the injury was consistent with a blade cut.

  10. Melissa Orellana says:

    I was the one who found this poor baby and called animal control… I waited for them and shielded him from on coming traffic because he flipped into the street!! My friend just showed me this and I am sick to my stomach!! I thought he just had a broken wing :( I’m praying for you sweet baby!

  11. Lori says:

    This is heartbreaking. My heart goes out to you as well, Melissa….I am an animal lover and I would have been hysterical. Bless your heart for your kindness.

  12. Connie says:

    This person is a MONSTER!!!! I hope the favor is returned ten-fold!

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