A local farmer defendant of poisoning crows with pesticide-laced bread that accidentally killed a neighbour’s 2 dogs is facing a criminal charge and a civil investigation in reference to the deaths of the birds.
Stone Wall Farms owner Al Fugazzi, 66, was issued a summons Tues charging him with lawlessly taking or killing wild birds, a category E crime punishable by up to 6 months immurement and a $1,000 fine, police aforementioned. He won’t face charges in reference to the poisoning of the dogs within the Gregorian calendar month twenty-three incident, Penobscot County public prosecutor R. Christopher Almy aforementioned.
Fugazzi has issued the summons when Officer John Walsh found seven dead crows on Fugazzi’s farm as a part of his investigation of the deaths of the dogs. State law prohibits the killing of “wild birds, with the exception of rock doves and wild turkeys,” and Fugazzi admitted spreading the pesticide, aforementioned Dan Summers, Lincoln’s public safety director.
The state Department of Agriculture’s Board of Pesticides management is also reviewing Walsh’s report and conducting its own investigation, Henry Jennings, the board’s director, aforementioned Tues. The investigation, centred on whether or not Fugazzi profaned laws on the utilization of the pesticide, probably can conclude in 2 or 3 weeks.
Fugazzi declined to investigate Tues.
Walsh was known as the poisoning of the dogs, AN setter named opaque gem and a hunting dog named gumption, “a tragedy LED on by a series of unfortunate mistakes by each party.”
One of the dogs’ house owners, Enfield Road resident Tim William Thornton, aforementioned he was deeply saddened regarding the loss of the pets however unsure whether or not Fugazzi committed any wrongdoing.
“You have that a part of you that desires to try to one thing, however, you furthermore might don’t desire to try to one thing unjust,” William Thornton aforementioned Monday. “I simply need to confirm that it cannot happen to anyone else.”
Thornton’s woman, Ann William Thornton, told Walsh that she was walking her dogs while not a leash on the border of the farm field on Gregorian calendar month twenty-three once the dogs ran ahead and Greek deity items of bread. The dogs, she said, in real time began foaming at the mouth and staggering. each died shortly thenceforth, Summers aforementioned.
The bread, Walsh’s investigation disclosed, was besprent with the Lannate chemical. that is a marque for methomyl, a broad- spectrum pesticide that in fatal cases paralyzes the muscles of the systema respiratorium and severely constricts respiratory organ openings.
Fugazzi is fitly commissioned to use Lannate and had no apparent intention to damage the dogs, Summers aforementioned. Farmers even have the proper to guard their land or crops against harm caused by most animals.