Man gets 1 year for running over nine baby ducks with lawnmower
WELLINGTON, Fla. — A Florida man has been sentenced to one year in jail for intentionally running over a family of duckling with a lawnmower.
The Sun Sentinel reported that Jason Scott Falbo II, 24, of Royal Palm Beach, Fl., pleaded guilty last week to nine counts of felony cruelty to animals.
Falbo claims he didn’t see the nine ducks, but three witnesses said they saw him intentionally change directions to run down the ducks.
He then backed up to run them over again, all while laughing and smiling, according to witnesses.
The ducks consisted of a mother and her 11 ducklings. Only the mother and two ducklings survived, all the others died.
The family of three that witnessed the incident said it happened near their home in May. The family reportedly left food in their backyard and wanted to see the ducks go from the lake to their yard for the food.
“We were horrified,” father Boyd Jentzsch previously said, according to The Sun Sentinel. “I couldn’t believe it was happening. It was totally disgusting.”
The suspect works for a lawn maintenance company. His boss claims the grass was too high for him to see the ducks.
But the family saw the ducks from their home at a greater distance away, according to deputies. The family called authorities after witnessing the incident.
Falbo was also sentenced to three years of probation. He also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of domestic battery for assaulting his then-girlfriend through strangulation.