The public’s help was being sought Tuesday in identifying the person responsible for killing a peacock in the Palos Verdes Peninsula area.
A witness reported seeing a man in a silver four-door Mercedes-Benz fire a pellet gun at a peacock that was standing in a driveway in the 27000 block of Eastvale Road around 8:20 p.m. on July 9, according to a news release from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA).
The peacock was hit and died from the injury.
The man was described as white, 50 to 60 years old, wearing a white shirt and “Aviator” style sunglasses.
According to the spcaLA, 52 peafowl have been found dead or injured in Rolling Hills Estates in the past two years.
Many of the deaths were determined to be accidental, but investigators found a number of the birds were killed by BB/pellet guns or rifles, crossbows, and slingshots carrying marble ammunition, the release stated.
Intentionally injuring or killing any wild or domesticated animal can lead to felony animal cruelty charges punishable by up to three years in prison and/or $20,000 in fines.
Anyone with information was urged to contact the Director of spcaLA Animal Protection Services, Lieutenant Cesar Perea at (323) 730-5300 ext. 272.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the spcaLA Animal Cruelty Tipline at 1-800-540 SPCA (7722). Tipsters may also report online at http://www.spcala.com.