Florida Homeowners Association faces fine after drowning drugged geese – KIRO 7 news Seattle

MIRAMAR, Florida – A flock of geese came to a tragic end after an association of owners in South Florida attempted to trap, put them to sleep and euthanize them, authorities said.

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Ten of the geese drowned in a lake, and 15 others had to be euthanized, the Sun Sentinel reported. Now, the homeowners association that ordered the removal of the birds could face a fine for violating the code.

The SilverLakes community association in Miramar had hired a company to remove the birds because some residents complained about the noise the geese made, in addition to leaving droppings in the community, the newspaper reported.

Rolando Calzadilla, the owner of an animal control service in Miami Lakes called Pest Wildlife Pro, said he traveled to the community lake on Tuesday to remove the birds and feed them a sedative hidden in bread, the Sun Sentinel reported.

The plan went wrong when a noisy car scared the birds away, causing them to fly away, the newspaper reported. Ten of them fell into the lake and drowned.

“It was up to them to stay on the ground, fall asleep, pick them up and take them away, and then humanely euthanize them,” Calzadilla said. WPLG-TV.

Calzadilla said locals who saw what happened charged him and started yelling at him, The Associated Press reported. Calzadilla said he had to call the authorities for help.

“Everyone hates the neighborhood dog catcher,” Calzadilla told the Sun Sentinel. “It was just a bad situation.”

Wildlife expert Ron Magill called the footage of dead birds cruelty to animals.

“From what I saw, at least from one of the animals, it looked like some type of poison,” Magill said. WPLG. “It was given to the dying animal a slow and miserable death.

“Any animal that is a nuisance or non-native can be legally humane removed from the area,” he said. “The key word is humanity. I’m watching this video and it doesn’t look human at all.

Calzadilla told the newspaper that the owners association hired him in October to remove the geese.

The association president could not be reached for comment on Thursday via email, according to the Sun Sentinel. The council treasurer declined to comment. A secretary of the board of directors addressed questions to the association’s attorney, John Stevens, who could not immediately be reached for comment, the newspaper reported.

The owners association sent a notice to residents on Wednesday saying the goose population had “increased rapidly” and had become aggressive, according to the PA. The letter called the drownings “an unfortunate affair”.

Tania Ruse, spokesperson for the Miramar Police Department, said the town is a bird sanctuary, adding that the birds cannot be euthanized within the city limits.

Ruse added that the department’s code enforcement division sent a municipal code violation to the property manager’s office on Thursday by certified mail.

According to city ​​code, “It will be illegal to hunt, injure, molest, injure or kill any bird in the lands surrounding the city.”

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