Seagulls Impaled With Dart, Arrow In Suffolk County; Reward Offered For Arrest

 PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — In what seems to be a rash of attacks against wildlife in Suffolk County, officials say two more seagulls have been injured, one from an arrow and another from a blow dart.

The Suffolk County SPCA said a seagull impaled with an arrow was seen Thursday afternoon in the Patchogue area. By the time the SPCA arrived to help the bird, it was gone.

In a separate incident, the SPCA says another seagull was spotted on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor with a dart that had pierced the bird’s head from front to back. The dart appeared to be from a blow gun. Officials said it also flew away when they tried to capture the bird.

Chief of the Suffolk County SPCA Roy Gross said don’t try to approach the birds to remove the arrow or the dart. Instead, Gross said call the SPCA at 631-382-7722.

“We have experts ready, willing, and able to help these birds,” Gross said.

These are the latest attacks against wildlife in Suffolk County.

On Saturday, a seagull was killed in Montauk when Gross says someone threw a rock the size of a brick at the bird after luring down to the beach with some bread. A $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case.

A swan was also found recently in Hampton Bays impaled with a hunting arrow. It was rescued and barring complications, will hopefully be returned to the wild by the end of August.

“I’ve never seen all of these cases before and I’ve been doing this for 28 years. It’s very disturbing,” Gross told CBS 2’s Wendy Gillette.

An Eastern Box Turtle was found on July 5 in Smithtown with a nail driven through its shell. It too is expected to make a full recovery.

The SPCA is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in that case.

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One Comment

  1. Spencer B says:

    People suck

  2. Wow says:

    Man, if seagulls didn’t carry diseases and cld be shot, I’d eat it hahaha wasting isn’t nice. That’s the only reason I won’t bother with the seagulls. Plus there’s whinos that think the over population of disease ridden birds that take my hotdogs shld be fed and loved. “cuz there ppl to” lol fight for the dolphins getting slaughtered in cent of there babies. Not seagulls

  3. Jay says:

    Anyone capable of hurting or killing an animal has the ability to do that to a human. Sick, cowards!

    1. Pat says:


      Do you know over 89% of the people who commit murders have never hunted, before you start pointing at hunter know your facts. Hunters care about conservation and wildlife protection, we spend billions protecting our wildlife so generations of hunters can harvest animals to maintain population control. We as hunters also donate food to the homeless and less fortunate people in our society, so do me a favor and get your facts straight. Sincerly a hunter/conservationist

  4. MATTY13 says:

    Seagulls are nothing but flying rats. Start caring about the people in Syria and stopping worring about flying rats.

    1. Nicole Robinson says:

      The people of Syria can fend for themselves. Animals, like children, are helpless, and anyone who would do such a thing to a helpless creature is sick in the head

    2. MCK says:

      Why the hell should I care about the people in Syria???? These are the same people that dance in the streets when Americans are killed and I should care about them? You have got to be kidding! In fact….why should I care about any of those animals from the Middle East?

    3. Guest says:

      Human are just as nasty as rats. They kill each other, harm children and animals. You are probably one too.

    4. Roberta Schwartz says:

      you are a worthless piece of dodo to comment like that. I hope someone puts a dart straight through your heartless head

    5. Spencer B says:

      Who gives an S about Syria? Bad people all on that side of the planet. I’d trade a Syrian for a Seagull if I could…

  5. kendra says:

    you know that is a very mean thing to do and i hope and pray that the prep is caught red handeed doing something like that to the poor defensdeless animals .maybe some1 should stick a dart into there behinds and see how they feel cause that is very terrible.

  6. Mike says:

    There are some sick animal abusers out there in Suffolk county,and I hope they will pay hard for their abusing harmless animals.This is starting to get out of hand lately with these incidents. They should spend more time in jail when they are caught,some years above the minimum time.I hope their abuse will come back to haunt them!

  7. one celled brain says:

    what about attacking a paramecium?

  8. AnimalsBestFriend says:

    if i see anyone intentionally hurt an animal i will become an animal and attack that person, you can bet on that.

    1. Roberta Schwartz says:

      I agree with you. Im an animal lover too and I will hurt and I wont think twice about it.

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