On 2/19/05, los wrote:
> EDGEWATER, Fla. - A firefighter accused of biting
> off a pet parrot at a party was charged with felony
> cruelty Monday and placed on administrative leave.
> Lt. Bruce Coates, 34, was booked into the Volusia
> Branch Jail but was expected be released on his own
> recognizance after meeting with court officials
> jail official said.
> Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said witnesses told
> deputies that the off-duty Coates was at a party
> Sunday when he took the Quaker parrot, valued at
> someone else's shoulder, put the bird's head in his
> and bit it off.
> The parrot's owner later called the sheriff's office.
> Coates told deputies he had been drinking alcohol and
> not remember what happened. However, he was
> offered to replace the parrot, Davidson told The
> Beach News-Journal.
> Edgewater Fire Chief Tracey Barlow said Coates, with
> department since 1991, came to him Sunday and told
> about the incident.
> He will stay on leave with pay pending the outcome
> investigation, Edgewater fire spokeswoman Jennifer
That is horrible! How could someone do that. It's totally
mean and disgusting! Ew!!!