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Man kills pigeon by stomping on it because it ate crumbs of his hot dog

By Mason White 11:32 AM March 4, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
A man was arrested, charged and convicted of animal cruelty after he killed a pigeon by stomping on it.

People watched in horror as Jeremy Wayle of Totnes, Devon, United Kingdom, stepped on the wing of the pigeon before stomping it to death.

The Exeter Magistrate’s Court heard that Wayle, 48, was eating a hot dog in a shopping area when he killed the bird because it ate crumbs of his food.

When a woman attempted to intervene, Wayle called the bird “vermin” and then stomped on the pigeon until it was dead.

Wayle pleaded guilty to the charges. His lawyer Katherine Todd said: “This was a terrible, terrible error of judgement. He did not set out to upset anybody.”

The court heard that Wayle had not worked for 30 years because of an injury to the head, which caused him to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

Wayle was given a conditional discharge for 12 months, and ordered to pay court costs.