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Sheriff: Deputy acted properly in goose killing

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP (FOX19) - The Warren County Sheriff says a deputy was justified in killing a goose on Sunday.

The Kuhn family reported the injured goose on Sunday morning. When deputy Mark Pelfrey arrived to the scene, he parked behind the Kuhns and proceeded to kill the bird. When striking it on the head several times did not work, he stood on its head until it died.

"It is our finding that Deputy Pelfrey acted properly in killing the bird," said Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims in a statement.

However, Sims said Pelfrey should have communicated his intentions to the Kuhns so the family could have left the area.

"For this, we apologize for any emotional distress caused to the Kuhn family," said Sims. "He will be reprimanded for not communication with the Kuhns."

The Sheriff's Office says they have received a number of calls questioning Pelfrey's actions. However, Sims says that deputies are permitted to kill a wild animal to end its suffering.

Warren County does not have Animal Control Officers and there are not wild bird rescue facilities in the county.

Canada geese are not endangered.

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