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Man charged with killing Canada Goose with golf club on New York course

A man allegedly beat a Canada Goose until he died on a New York golf course, according to witnesses.

According to a story from our USA Today Network partners The Journal News, Poughkeepsie Journal and Times Herald-Record of Middletown, the incident took place near the 14th hole of the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac, which sits about an hour north of Manhattan.

The Putnam County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) responded to Putnam County Golf Course in New York after environmental officials received a report of a man beating a goose, the county SPCA said in a statement on Facebook Monday.

Here’s more from the story, which also ran on USA Today:

The Putnam County SPCA charged the man with a misdemeanor, accusing him of one count of animal cruelty, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation police issued him a summons, the statement said.

A Sept. 12 arraignment is scheduled in Town of Carmel Court.

On Friday, Putnam SPCA officers responded to a call from state DEC Police, who were in route to the course for a complaint of a golfer beating a goose to death, the statement said. SPCA detectives met with DEC police and interviewed staff and witnesses.

According to the statement, witnesses claimed a Canada Goose was struck by a golf ball and dazed. A golfer on the 14th hole then allegedly struck the goose several times with his club, walked away, but noticed the goose was still moving and came back and struck the goose again.

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