Two teenagers have been charged in connection with an attack earlier this week on geese at Kennedy Charter School in Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
A police spokesman said the teens, both male juveniles, were charged with cruelty to animals. One of the geese, the mother who tried to guard the nest when attacked by the teens, died in surgery Thursday, according to WCNC-TV, the Observer’s news partner.
Police say they are continuing their investigation into the attack. In addition to an attack on the geese, several windows on a nearby school bus were broken, and vandals broke several windows at the school, on Sharon Road West in south Charlotte. No charges have been filed so far in connection with the vandalism.
The attack, which took place about 6 p.m. Sunday, was captured on school surveillance video.
The video showed five teenagers damaging school property and using rocks and a 2-by-4 to attack the geese, which nest every spring on school grounds.
“The individuals came on board and started smashing the bus up and beating up on the geese, throwing rocks at them until they were bleeding,” Charles Battaglia, maintenance director at the school, said earlier this week.
School officials said three of the five youths seen in the video were identified, and they are from another school.
During the attack, three of the four geese were injured. The fourth Canada goose is missing and suspected dead. The nest and eggs also were destroyed.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue took over care of the geese after the attack. The mother goose that had been protecting the nest suffered shattered bones in her foot. The bird underwent surgery Thursday morning at the Carolina Raptor Center but failed to recover from the anesthesia, WCNC reported.
Federal law provides for penalties of up to $10,000 for harming Canada geese, which are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act.
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