MALIBU, Calif. (AP) – Investigators say a man walking near the Malibu Pier grabbed a pelican and strangled the bird with both hands.
A Los Angeles County sheriff‘s patrol car was flagged down by a witness Wednesday evening and 30-year-old Sergio Alvarez was arrested and booked for investigation of felony animal cruelty. He remains in jail with bail set at $20,000.
Lt. Robert Wiard says in a news release that witnesses told investigators that Alvarez had the pelican by its throat and was choking it with both hands. The bird’s wings were flapping in distress before it went limp and died. The dead bird was taken by representatives of the California Wildlife Center.