If it were up to me, anyone who commits a crime against an animal should be charged as harshly as he or she would if they had commited that crime against another human being.

In June, we reported that in the early morning hours of June 11, 2017, a car plowed into Canada geese that roam near Lakewood Park in Waterbury, leaving a very grisly scene. Two two adult geese and 11 goslings lost their lives. Park-goers were horrified at the sight of the roadway. I honestly could not bring myself to look at the pictures.

Now, about three months later, WTNH.com says charges have been filed against 27-year-old Waterbury resident, Anthony Jackson, including 13 counts of animal cruelty. Investigators found a rear car bumper and license plate near the crime scene. The car used to hit the geese was found abandoned a few days later. The suspect denies the charges and says that the car was stolen the night before the incident. He is free on $25,000 bond.

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