HONOLULU – A 19-year-old student has been charged with cruelty to animals, almost a year after sea birds were found dead in a Hawaii nature reserve.
Christian Gutierrez is charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty and other charges. The Hawaii Department of Public Safety, says he turned himself in Tuesday and was released after posting $25,000 bail.
Hawaii News Now reports there were at least 15 destroyed nests of turned out albatrosses at Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve last December.
Gutierrez’s attorney, Myles Breiner, said his client is not angry birds. He says Gutierrez was the camping at Kaena Point with a group of classmates from Punahou School, a prestigious prep school in Honolulu. Breiner said one of the others is responsible.
According to a police report, Gutierrez will visit the New York University. He is scheduled to be arraigned next week.