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Bird found injured by blow dart in Boca Grande

Posted at 11:44 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 11:50:13-04

BOCA GRANDE, Fla. -- An animal cruelty investigation is underway in Boca Grande after a bird was found injured by a blow dart.

It happened on 1st Street in front of Boca Grande Island School.

According to a Lee County Sheriff's Office, a citizen notified a deputy about the bird, a white heron, on Saturday after it was found with a dart in its leg and appeared to be paralyzed and couldn't move.

A citizen removed the dart and it was taken to the Wildlife Center of Venice.

FWC was notified of the incident and took over the investigation.