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April 25, 2005

Wounded Great Blue Heron dies

Shot in the right wing with a pellet gun; $5,000 reward still stands

Fairfield, CA

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T he senseless shooting of a Great Blue Heron has taken a sad, and more serious turn. The male heron had to be euthanized in spite of heroic efforts by wildlife experts at the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) to save his life. The Humane Society of the United States and the International Fund for Animal Welfare both put up $2,500 for a reward totaling $5,000.

“Everyone involved in the case, is hoping someone will come forward with information that will help authorities bring this bird killer to justice,” said Jay Holcomb, Executive Director of IBRRC. Cruelty to animals is a felony in the state of California and migratory birds are protected by both state and federal laws.

The heron was found by a resident of the Brighton Court area of Fairfield on Saturday, April 15. Humane Animal Services of Solano County rushed the bird to IBRRC in Cordelia, which specializes in the care and treatment of waterfowl and aquatic birds. University of California at Davis veterinarian, Greg Massey, performed a three hour surgery, removing pieces of the pellet and inserting five pins into the broken bones. “Everyone was pulling for this bird. We so wanted to return him to the wild,” said IBRRC’s rehabilitation manager, Michelle Bellizzi.

Anyone with information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting of this heron should call Officer Baon, Humane Animal Services at 707- 449-1700 or phone IBRRC at (707) 207-0380 ext. 110.

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