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Posted by los on 2/19/05

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    EDGEWATER, Fla. - A firefighter accused of biting the head
    off a pet parrot at a party was charged with felony animal
    cruelty Monday and placed on administrative leave.

    Lt. Bruce Coates, 34, was booked into the Volusia County
    Branch Jail but was expected be released on his own
    recognizance after meeting with court officials Tuesday, a
    jail official said.

    Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said witnesses told
    deputies that the off-duty Coates was at a party early
    Sunday when he took the Quaker parrot, valued at $200, off
    someone else's shoulder, put the bird's head in his mouth
    and bit it off.

    The parrot's owner later called the sheriff's office.

    Coates told deputies he had been drinking alcohol and
    could
    not remember what happened. However, he was apologetic and
    offered to replace the parrot, Davidson told The Daytona
    Beach News-Journal.

    Edgewater Fire Chief Tracey Barlow said Coates, with the
    department since 1991, came to him Sunday and told him
    about the incident.

    He will stay on leave with pay pending the outcome of the
    investigation, Edgewater fire spokeswoman Jennifer Smith
    said.



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  • True Story-Sad, 2/19/05, by los.
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