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Competency training for man accused of killing flamingo

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Posted at 10:42 PM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 06:26:06-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida judge has ruled a man accused of killing a flamingo at Busch Gardens must undergo in-home competency training before the animal cruelty case against him can continue.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Hillsborough Circuit Judge Tom Barber ordered the training at a hearing Wednesday for 45-year-old Joseph Corrao. Two doctors recently testified Corrao isn't competent to stand trial on the aggravated animal cruelty charge.

The judge also barred Corrao, who has three drunken driving convictions and a history of arrests, from drinking alcohol and told him to take his prescribed medication as directed.

Police reports show that on an Aug. 2 visit to the Tampa theme park with his family, Corrao reached into an animal pen, grabbed Pinky and slammed her down. She was later euthanized.