Fisherman facing animal cruelty charges for kicking bird on Naples Pier

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NAPLES, Fla.- A Bonita Springs fisherman seen kicking a cormorant on the Naples Pier was arrested for aggravated animal cruelty, the Naples Police Department said on Friday.

On January 13, multiple people reported observing Jan Sivy, 58, kicking the bird angrily after it took a fish off of his fishing line. Surveillance video shows Sivy chasing the bird and kicking it into the air.

The cormorant was taken to the Von Arx Wildlife Hospital in Naples after the incident and was found to have sustained multiple injuries and trauma, police said.

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