Pigeons allegedly killed by man with crutches in San Francisco's Polk Gulch area 

A man was arrested for animal cruelty Wednesday after he allegedly murdered pigeons with his crutches in the Polk Gulch neighborhood, police said Thursday.

Concerned citizens called cops saying the suspect was attempting to kill pigeons in the area of Polk and California streets around 2:45 p.m.

When cops arrived, they not only spotted a suspect fitting the description – they also noticed he had pigeon feathers on his crutches, according to police at Northern Station.

Witnesses told cops “they had the right guy.” They pointed out the dead pigeons to the officers.

The alleged pigeon killer told the cops that he had every right to kill the pigeons since they were “stealing his money,” police said.

The man was arrested for felony cruelty to animals, police said.

This wasn’t the only time defenseless birds were targeted in San Francisco. Last year, one of the two iconic swans that waded in the Palace of Fine Arts lagoon had its neck broken, and beer cans were found at the crime scene.

The killer was likely a young person who, like most animal killers, eventually targets humans, a caretaker warned.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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