Authorities are asking for the public's help to help find a man that is suspected of killing a peacock in Rolling Hills Estates, officials said.
A witness saw the man stop his silver four-door Mercedes-Benz in the 27000 block of Eastvale Road around 8:20 p.m. on July 9, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles said in a statement.
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The man fired from a pellet gun, hitting a peacock in a driveway.
The man is described as white, between 56 and 60 years old and was last seen wearing a white shirt and Aviator sunglasses.
Over the past two years, more than 50 peafowl have been found dead or injured in the Dapplegray neighborhood of Rolling Hills Estates, a coastal community about 26 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
Some of the birds have been the victims of accidents, but a number of animals had been intentionally killed by BB and pellet guns or rifles, crossbows and slingshots, officials said.
Lt. Cesar Perea, of the spcaLA, said some residents complain that the birds damage rooftops or vehicles.
"But some people have taken it into their own hands to try and exterminate the animals," Perea said. "And of course, that’s a crime."
Anyone caught harming a bird faces a felony charge of animal cruelty that carries a possible prison term and up to $20,000 in fines.
Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to contact Perea at 323-730-5300 x272. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the spcaLA Animal Cruelty Tipline at 1-800-540-7722.
Tipsters may also report online at www.spcala.com.