FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - A man turned himself into police Sunday, June 18 after reportedly killing a seagull with a baseball bat.
He reportedly hit the seagull in the head as it was flying over Folly Beach. A tourist found the bird and took it to Pet Helpers, an organization that tries to protect animals.
Workers at Pet Helpers were unable to save the bird. The seagull reportedly suffered a broken wing and died from head trauma.
The suspect turned himself in the day after the incident and is being charged with animal cruelty under South Carolina state law 47-1-40 Section A. The crime is considered animal cruelty because the suspect "knowingly or intentionally...inflicted unnecessary pain or suffering on the animal."