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Man charged in attack on seagull in Clearwater

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CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

A 21-year-old Illinois man is charged with animal cruelty after police say he used part of a beach umbrella to hit a seagull.

Ryan David Lesle, of Western Springs, IL, was arrested Wednesday evening.

Clearwater police say Lesle swung the lower part of an umbrella at a flock of seagulls south of Pier 60. Lesle hit and injured one of the birds, then hit it again to try to "put the bird out of its misery", according to a press release.

Police say someone from a local veterinary facility had to euthanize the seagull.

Lesle faces a charge of animal cruelty. He has bonded out of jail.

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