Dear PoPville – Does Anyone Have any Info about this Sick Person(s) that did this?

“Dear PoPville,

I am a concerned citizen and I wanted to share a disturbing incident that happened on Biltmore St in Adams Morgan between Saturday night and Sunday morning. A photo my roommate took is attached – I apologize for its graphic nature. Ed. Note: I’m not posting the photo but verify that it matches that account below.

It shows a robin, that had apparently been snared and tied to a tree. I have no idea if this happened after the poor thing expired and some sick person thought it would be funny or if a truly disturbed individual caught and tied the bird to the post to struggle until its ultimate demise. judging by the number of feathers and the way the string was wrapped around the tree I would guess it was the latter.

Some other neighbors on the street posted a note above bird that said the incident had been reported and that if anybody had any details about it to call animal control.

This is disgusting. I only wanted to share it with you all because you can get the word out to catch or at least prevent the sick person(s) who did this.”

In addition to 911 you can report animal cruelty cases to the Washington Humane Society Officers (202) 723-5730.

UPDATE from the Washington Humane Society:

“$3,000 REWARD

On Sunday, June 1, 2014, the Washington Humane Society was notified of a deceased robin that was tied by the neck to a tree with a piece of string at the corner of Biltmore St. and Cliffbourne Pl. NW DC.

The female robin was found with severe injuries to the body as well as around the neck where the string was tied. A necropsy of the body revealed that these injuries occurred while the bird was still alive and her death was a result of blunt trauma to the body and a dislocated neck. These injuries are consistent with the bird being swung/shaken/hit while tied to the string.

The Washington Humane Society is seeking the help of the community for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific act of animal cruelty. The Washington Humane Society is offering a $3,000 reward that will be given to any person who provides such information.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Officer D’Eramo at the Washington Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Department:
[email protected]
(202) 723-5730”

7 Comment

  • Utterly sick and disturbing, but having lived here for 15 years, not the slightest bit surprising. There are some entirely inhuman people living among us.

  • Before making any judgements, I guess I have to ask how it was affixed? Was it dangling from a tree branch or was it very obviously and deliberately tied to a vertical portion of the tree? It’s actually not uncommon for birds (especially young ones) to get tangled in strings they’ve used as nesting material and be strangled to death, and while I in no way doubt the sadness (and grisliness) of the scene, it’s possible that this was a sad accident rather than a depraved human at work. I rather hope it was.

  • I heard about another perhaps relevant incident of avian cruelty fairly recently, in Petworth I believe.
    It was a series of pigeons that had clearly been killed and were displayed throughout the area. I don’t remember the streets or many other details. However, somebody mentioned it was believed to be Santeria related but I’ve heard of similar erratic behavior by the homeless.
    Best of luck catching the perpetrators.

  • The bird was actually tied to a tree with a string looped around the neck. It looked like the person tied the bird and then threw it around the tree – almost like a tether ball (it was wrapped around several times in a downward spiral.) Animal Control was contacted and came to clean it up/document the incident. I just hope the poor thing was dead before this happened to him/her.

  • I have seen a bird snared high up in a tree by a string that was from a balloon or other possible debris.

  • The Joker and the Robin have been beefing for years.

  • Sad day in PoPville for animal related news (Gary the cat and the bird story above) – looking forward to Afternoon Animal Fix today!

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