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Jeremy Lowengard of East Harlem in New York City is a member of the national Student Conservation Association, and on his profile wrote that he loves "being outdoors and working with my hands." But on a visit to Canandaigua City in upstate New York's Finger Lakes region this week, Lowengard proved himself no lover of nature, and more adept with his feet. On Monday night, he kicked a seagull so hard that it had to be euthanized. So far, no news reports have explained Lowengard's reason for kicking the bird. He was arrested, charged with animal abuse and released from Ontario County Jail on $1,000 bail. Though the charge is a misdemeanor, it carries up to a year in prison. Lowengard will appear in court in Canandaigua on Friday.
Rochester News 10NBC reported that on his Facebook page, Lowengard wrote that he was leaving New York City, planning on "walking across the country for green peace, world hunger, and the homeless." So far, he's off to a pretty terrible start.
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