Rockingham County man drops pigeon shoot amid protest

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WENTWORTH, N.C. — An event that would have put 8,000 pigeons in the cross hairs of hunters was grounded Thursday.

Arthur Dick, the owner of Willow Oaks Plantation, a 2,000-acre property near Eden, had planned to release the birds as part of a shooting contest that started today. He canceled the event after arousing the concern of animal rights activists.

Late last week, the Humane Society of the United States filed a complaint with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.

“We had received a complaint a few days ago in regards to that and investigated it,” spokesman Kevin Suthard said. “We believed it was illegal.”

Read more: Greensboro News & Record

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