NASSAU, N.Y. – After two men were charged for the illegal dumping of about 200 birds in the Town of Nassau, the Tri-Village Bowhunters have released a statement.
"We would like to make a formal statement regarding the birds found on Mead Road.
First and foremost we would like to sincerely apologize to the Town and residents of Nassau for our unintentional error in judgment and disposal of the birds in question.
The pheasants and ducks were donated to our club by a local fire department and used at one of our club functions. The club thought we had disposed of the remains legally on our own property located on Mead Road near where the birds were found. Unfortunately, due to our neglect, the club actually disposed of them on neighboring property. As soon as we heard about the situation, the club contacted NYSDEC and explained the situation. The club also cleaned up the birds in hopes to help rectify the situation.
These birds were not contaminated in anyway and were harvested in a legal fashion and used for human consumption.
We would like to note that NYSDEC was very professional in their investigation and we apologize to them also for this unfortunate situation.
Board of Directors"
On Tuesday, Joseph Losowski, 55, of Valatie and Dave Garrity, 49, were both charged with illegal disposal of solid waste.The birds were discovered by a state worker March 19 along Mead Road.
The birds were meant for an annual local fire department's large game dinner but were left over from the feast. The DEC said the leftover birds were given by the fire department to the Tri Village Bow Hunters club in Nassau. The birds had their edible portions removed.
The dumping violation is punishable by a fine of $1,500 to $15,000 and up to 15 days in jail.
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