A 26-year-old transient was arrested Wednesday on a charge of cruelty to animals after a wing was ripped off a live pigeon in a parking lot at 221 W. Union St., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Simon Abromson remains in the Duval County jail on $10,000 bail after his 1 p.m. arrest, according to jail records.
Abromson was feeding birds in the parking lot at noon Monday and threw bread on the ground to gather birds, a witness told police. After gathering birds around him, he grabbed one pigeon and ripped off a wing before it fell back to the ground. The bird tried to run away, but died behind a dumpster, according to the arrest report.
The witness confronted Abromson about torturing the bird and was told to “back off or I’ll slit your throat and drink your blood,” according to the arrest report.
Police found the man two days later, but he became violent when arrested and said he would come back and shoot people in the parking lot. The man told police he eats pigeons regularly, according to the arrest report.
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