SEA ISLE CITY — A Philadelphia man charged with a disorderly person offense in the death of a sea gull on the beach has an appearance scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 16 in Municipal Court.
Edward Frost, 56, will appear before Judge Vincent Morrison at 233 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
City Prosecutor Tom Rossi said he cannot recall in his 25 years in office another case that went to court with a disorderly charge connected to alleged animal abuse of a sea gull.
Those convicted of disorderly persons offenses face a fine between $250 and $1,000 and as many as six months in jail, Rossi said.
The incident took place Aug. 25 near 38th Street and the beach, according to the police report.
Police received witness statements from a man and woman about the alleged incident.
“I noticed a man get out of his beach chair and walk towards two seagulls approximately 20 yards from where he was seated,” a male witness said in his statement to police. “As he approached the sea gulls, I noticed his arm go back in what could be described as a baseball pitching motion.”
The smaller of the two sea gulls started to flail around on the beach, according to the statement.
“It was clear that this bird was now injured and hurting very badly. This was not the case prior to the man throwing an object at this bird. It turned out, as others on the beach had stated, that this was a baby bird attempting to feed from its mother,” the witness said.
The injured sea gull died on its way to Shore Veterinarians in Seaville.