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Man arrested in seagull death on Clearwater Beach

Tribune Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2014 at 07:01 PM

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An Illinois man was arrested Wednesday evening on charge he killed a seagull on Clearwater Beach, according to Clearwater police.

Ryan David Lesle, 21, of Western Springs, Ill., faces a charge of animal cruelty. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail after posting $5,000 bail.

According to an arrest affidavit, Lesle swung an umbrella at a group of seagulls on the beach to disperse them, but struck one in the left wing. Lesle then struck the wounded seagull again to “take it out of its misery,” the affidavit says.

Lesle took off afterward, but a lifeguard alerted police, and Lesle eventually returned and told authorities what had happened, the affidavit says.

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