A golfer has been arrested and accused of beating a Canada goose to death with a golf club at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac, New York. According to witnesses, the incident occurred after the goose was struck by a golf ball.
Ken Ross, chief of the county’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, stated that the golfer believed he was putting the goose out of its misery. However, a veterinarian who examined the animal’s remains concluded that it would likely have survived the ball strike and was only dazed. Officers from the SPCA’s law enforcement division and the state Department of Environmental Conservation police responded to the incident.
The goose’s carcass was taken to a veterinarian, who found that the bird’s chest was swollen from the golf ball strike but the injury would not have been fatal. X-rays revealed that the goose’s head had been separated from the spine due to the force of the golf club.
The golfer has been charged with overdriving, torturing, and injuring animals, a Class A misdemeanor. He is scheduled to be arraigned on September 12.