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Deaths of Peafowl in Rolling Hills Estates Confounds Investigators

While some of the birds have been hit by cars, the death of other might have been intentionally killed, says officials with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is asking the public for help in solving the the deaths of some peafowl in Rolling Hills Estates.

Some of the birds have been hit by cars, but spcaLA believes some were intentionally killed.    

"Animal cruelty isn't limited by species of animal, neighborhood, or the socioeconomic status of the abuser," said spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein. "It doesn't matter if you think an animal is a pain or a pet, maliciously injuring or killing an animal is criminal"

Investigators for the animal welfare agency, county animal control officers and sheriff's deputies are looking at possible DNA and video evidence, and awaiting necropsies on the birds believed to have been killed on purpose, according to Ana Bustilloz of spcaLA.

A conviction for felony animal cruelty can include imprisonment and fines up to about $20,000, she said.

--City News Service


Jo Boehm April 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM
They move here because of the beauty that make our lives more enjoyable and then they try to destroy it. People who kill animals are not just cruel to animals; also to humans.
Lisa vannortwick April 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM
when you post a pic of a peacock in your yard, you would be surprised how many people on the hill ask if you shot it with a bb gun! I don't think its a bit funny. I see them hobbling in the yard wounded all the time! :(
Jo Boehm April 16, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Rolling Hills Estates must be full of criminals.Eliminate the bad people with bb guns or some other kind of guns.
robin April 16, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Jo - there are many nice people that live in RHE... Unfortunately, Many are moving to hill that just don't respect the beauty or wildlife. Being a decades long resident, I've watched this place progressively - especially within the last 10 years - just disappear. More and more animals are being shot, ran over, poisoned or trapped. It's on the bottom of the pile for city officials who are more interested in building rather than saving this hill. We who appreciate the beauty must take a stand and make a change to protecting what is left. I do hope the perpetrators are caught and punished to fullest extent of the law. And like you stated, those that are harmful to animals are usually harmful to humans in some form. That's a whole other topic for me and I do have much to say about that as well.
Jo Boehm April 16, 2014 at 09:42 PM
Robin, if you or anyone else is interested in doing whatever we can I am all for it and I will participate. Since 1973 I have seen more cement and bigger houses. I don't like that. jo

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