Man faces animal cruelty charges after tackling brown pelican in Florida

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

Hardesty was apparently so proud of the recognition he got for the March 5 stunt that he bragged about it this week to some people staying at the same Ocean City, Maryland, hotel where he was staying.

A Maryland man seen tackling a federally protected pelican on video has been arrested on animal cruelty charges out of Florida.

In the video, 31-year-old William Hunter Hardesty, is seen trying to grab a brown pelican - Louisiana's state bird - at Florida's Key West Historic Seaport.

Following his arrest, Hardesty was brought to the Worcester County Detention Center and is waiting to be extradited to Florida, police said.

The warrant was a result of a video that was posted on social media showing a man in Florida luring and jumping on top of a pelican in the water. In the footage, Hardesty appears to lean over a harbor's edge holding out something in his hand. Hardesty then appears to hold the bird above the water until it eventually strikes at his head and escapes.

Hardesty was taken into custody without incident. "Troopers confirmed the extraditable arrest warrant with Florida law enforcement". The paper reported that he allegedly started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $20,000, pledging to donate half the money to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center.

Troopers arrested Hardesty shortly after 9:00 a.m. today at a hotel in the 12000-block of Ocean Gateway, in Ocean City, Md. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office was notified of the arrest and has initiated extradition proceedings.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE