VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Neighbors in a Virginia Beach community are trying to find out who shot a Canada goose with an arrow.
A WAVY viewer sent 10 On Your Side pictures of the wounded bird at the Chartwell Apartments off Providence Road. The pictures show the arrow piercing the goose through the back.
Resident Lori Ottenbacher said she and others tried to rescue the goose Sunday night.
"There was probably about ten of us out here last night. And we're all upset, we're all crying," Ottenbacher said.
Neighbors said they called Virginia Beach Animal Control, but workers were unable to capture the bird. Some neighbors said they suspect the person with the bow and arrow was just being cruel.
"I don't know, just maybe show the other geese a message. I don't know. I don't know what it was doing, just crazy," neighbor Stephen Haskell said.
"I think they just don't like them, and they tried to kill it," said 11-year-old Taylor Hetherington.
10 On Your Side showed the pictures to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The agency said geese hunting season doesn't open until Saturday and anyone hunting before then could face a $1,000 fine or six months in jail.
Animal cruelty charges carry a punishment of up to one year in jail.
Since WAVY.com's story aired Monday, the goose was captured and is being cared for by the Virginia Beach SPCA's Wildlife Team.
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