SC man charged after going after seagull with bat

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. --  A West Ashley man has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities say he hit a seagull with a bat.

 

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports Sunday that a witness called police June 18 and said she had seen a man smack the flying bird with a baseball bat.

The woman took the bird to an animal shelter, and it died later of head trauma.

Police say 32-year-old Louis Hoppmann III told police he and friends were playing a beach game when he noticed more than a dozen seagulls flocking over his blanket and the group's food.

Hoppmann told officers he made one swing with a bat to try to scatter the birds and hit one of them. It wasn't immediately clear when Hoppmann would appear in court.

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