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Jesup man charged after beating seagull with shovel on Florida beach

Paul John Flaucher
Paul John Flaucher(KCRG)
Published: May. 13, 2022 at 3:28 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - On November 5th, 2021, Marco Island Police initiated an investigation into animal abuse after a report that a male suspect was hitting seagulls with a shovel.

Police arrived on scene and found that one of the seagulls struck by the shovel received a broken wing and was no longer able to fly. It was later euthanized from the severity of its injuries. The bird is a protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

While the suspect had already left the scene prior to police arrival, through an investigation authorities identified the subject as 30-year-old Paul John Flaucher from Jesup.

Flaucher was charged with one count of Aggravated Animal Cruelty.

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