Sheriff: Porcupines being ‘clubbed’ in the Capital Region

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany County Sheriff Apple says there is a small group of people driving around the rural areas in southern Albany County “clubbing” porcupines to death.

The unfortunate thing, the Sheriff Apple says is there is no law we can charge them with because they are considered a nuisance animal!

Sheriff Apple is concerned that people who are doing this could go on to harm people or other animals.

“I don’t understand how they think this is fun or funny,” Sheriff Apple said. “It’s happening all over the southern part of our county and adjoining Schoharie County.”

Sheriff Apple and others in Albany County are outraged by an alarming pattern of alleged animal cruelty. He says they have the sticks with the quills in it.

“They went up there and lo and behold this isn’t just an isolated incident. There is somewhere of up to 11 in this group that are going around and clubbing these things to death for absolutely no reason.”

Those believed to be responsible are teenagers, according to the sheriff.

“Seven or eight names and there may be more people involved. It’s sadistic and it’s and somebody needs to be accountable for this.”

Sheriff Apple and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco are trying to figure out if the suspects could face any consequences at all.

“We’re looking at the research and the laws right now. May be something has to be done. People who use this kind of brutality to eliminate nuisances are the ones who go on to hunt people,” Tedisco said.

The DEC tells me that they encourage people to call animal control or DEC if they have issues with porcupines.

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