West New York man charged with animal cruelty after shooting pigeons with a BB gun

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A West New York man was charged with animal cruelty last week after authorities caught him shooting pigeons with a BB gun from the roof of his apartment building.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jose Moreno-Avalos, 23, of West New York, was arrested and charged by Police Det. David Funcasta with cruelty to animals, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.

The aforementioned information was acquired from a police report obtained through an Open Public Records Act request.

Town Animal Cruelty Investigator Geoff Santini confirmed that Moreno-Avalos was charged with animal cruelty.

The incident occurred around 2 p.m. on Friday, on the rooftop of the Dewey Avenue building where Moreno-Avalos lives, the report says.

While the narrative of the report is redacted, a source with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak on the matter, told HCV that Moreno-Avalos was shooting pigeons with a BB gun.

Authorities said that the incident remains under investigation at this time.

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  1. “The aforementioned information was acquired from a police report obtained through an Open Public Records Act request.” This is a chronic problem within Hudson County. The Hudson County prosecutor’s office is pigheaded in stalling the efforts of the press to bring this information to the public. This is evident in the fact of the efforts that the Hudson County View had to go through to secure this information. The Hudson County View should be applauded for securing this information and going the extra mile; talking to people on background to publicize this. It is inexplicable the Hudson County prosecutor’s stance on public information.

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