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:
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: