UPPER TOWNSHIP — A Corbin City man was fined $1,566 after he was found guilty in court of driving his car through a flock of sea gulls in an Acme parking lot.
Warren Colwell Jr., was charged by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after a witness said he intentionally injured gulls in the parking lot of the Acme on Route 9 on Sept. 5.
Colwell did not return a request for comment. A woman who answered the phone at his home said the family had “no comment.”
A witness said Colwell drove his car through the birds at a high speed and boasted he was doing a good thing.
“Apparently, they were just sitting there resting,” said Sarah Wells, an animal control officer.
Wells, an employee of Shore Animal Control, which is contracted by the township for animal-control services, responded to the scene after the witness called about the incident.
She said a worker at McDonald’s, which shares a parking lot in the Cedar Square Shopping Center, also called animal control about injured gulls in the parking lot.
“When I arrived, I had to chase a couple sea gulls around,” Wells said.
She said some of the birds were injured and two died.
The woman who called in the incident had taken the man’s license plate number. State Police assisted in identifying the man, Wells said. The case was taken over by the NJSPCA, which charged him with animal cruelty, she said.
Colwell was in Upper Township Municipal Court on Oct. 5 and received two fines of $783 each for animal cruelty, according to court records.
Wells said Shore Animal Control covers 12 municipalities in South Jersey and rarely gets calls for gulls that are maliciously injured.
“Most of our injured sea gull calls are in Wildwood or Stone Harbor,” she said. “Either they get hit by a car or some people find them injured in their yard.”