The Suffolk County SPCA was forced to rescind a $1,000 reward offer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an unidentified person who impaled a Canada goose with an arrow in Noyac.
Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross said he’s still appalled by the act of animal cruelty, but he has learned that bow hunting is not illegal as long as hunters have the proper licenses and tags. A local resident observed and photographed the injured goose alive near Sag Harbor Cove and Long Beach Road, with the arrow through its body, then reported it to the SPCA, Gross explained, noting that Wildlife Rescue is currently trying to find the bird.
“It’s able to walk, eat and fly,” Gross said, describing the difficult task of finding it. “You can imagine the suffering it’s going through being shot by an arrow,” Gross added. “It’s going to die a slow, agonizing death unless it’s captured and helped or humanely euthanized.”
On a positive note, the SPCA chief said Wildlife Rescue has saved birds with similar injuries in the past. In October, a Peking duck was found impaled with an arrow in Patchogue and it survived after receiving medical attention, he said.
Gross has asked anyone who sees the goose or has information about the shooter to call the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722. The $1,000 reward would stand on the off chance a tipster could identify the offending archer and show that he or she was hunting illegally, Gross said.