Florida Homeowners Association faces fine after drugged geese drown – WSOC TV
MIRAMAR, Fla. — A flock of geese met a tragic end after a South Florida homeowners association attempted to trap, calm 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 birds removed could be fined 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 were making, in addition to leaving droppings around the community, the newspaper reported.
Rolando Calzadilla, the owner of a Miami Lakes animal control service called Pest Wildlife Pro, said he went to the community lake on Tuesday to remove the birds and feed them a sedative hidden in bread, reported the Sun-Sentinel.
The plan went awry when a loud car spooked the birds, 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 land, fall asleep, pick them up and take them away, then humanely euthanize them,” Calzadilla told WPLG-TV.
Calzadilla said residents who saw what happened accused him and started yelling at him, The Associated Press reported. Calzadilla said he needed to call the authorities for help.
“Everyone hates the neighborhood dog trap,” Calzadilla told the Sun-Sentinel. “It was just a bad situation.”
Wildlife expert Ron Magill called the images of the dead birds animal cruelty.
“From what I saw, at least for one of the animals, it looked like some kind of poison,” Magill told WPLG. “This was given to the animal dying a horrible, miserable slow death.
“Any pest or non-native animal can legally be humanely removed from the area,” he said. “The key word is human. I’m watching this video and it doesn’t look human at all.
Calzadilla told the newspaper that the homeowners association hired him in October to remove the geese.
The president of the association could not be reached Thursday for a comment by email, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The council treasurer declined to comment. A secretary to the board took questions to the association’s attorney, John Stevens, who could not immediately be reached for comment, the newspaper reported.
The homeowners association sent a notice to residents on Wednesday saying the goose population had “increased rapidly” and become aggressive, according to the AP. The letter called the drownings an “unfortunate thing”.
Tania Ruse, spokeswoman for the Miramar Police Department, said the town is a bird sanctuary, adding that birds cannot be euthanized within city limits.
Ruse added that the department’s code enforcement division sent a municipal code violation to the property manager’s office Thursday by certified mail.
According to city code, “It is illegal to hunt, harm, molest, injure, or kill any bird in the lands surrounding the city.”
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