Florida man ran over a family of ducklings with lawnmower on purpose
PALM BEACH, Florida –
The Gontchar family loved the 11 Muscovy ducklings that lived near their home in Wellington, Florida. They fed them daily and uploaded hundreds of photographs to social media websites.
“They were a joy in our life,” Laura Gontchar told the Palm Beach Post. “So cute and happy. So full of life.”
But along came Florida Man and landscaper, Jason Falbo, on his riding lawnmower heading straight for the family of ducklings.
Gontchar’s son yelled, “Stop! Ducklings! Stop!”
But according to the family, Falbo plowed through the family of ducklings anyway, then backed up his lawnmower to run them over again.
The affidavit describes the incident, based on the family’s account:
At the far west side of the property, the lawn man turned the mower around and began to head east again. At this point the blades were up on the lawn mower, and the man was not mowing adjacent to the first pass. The lawn man proceeded on a easterly direction and then the man stopped that mower.
The man then engaged the blades again and began heading in a northeast direction headed for where the mother duck and ducklings had gathered…the lawn man then ran directly over the ducklings and body parts were scattered all over the lawn. Boyd Jentzsch, Larisa Gontchar, and [redacted] all observed the ducklings being chopped into little pieces.
The lawn man then stopped and backed the lawn mower up and moved forward again killing more ducklings. Larisa Gontchar ran out followed by Boyd Jentzsch of the home yelling for the lawn man to stop. The lawn man then backed up again proceeded forward killing more ducklings and aiming for the mother and two remaining ducklings.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Falbo with nine counts of animal cruelty. He’s being held on a $27,000 bond.
Falbo’s defense: “The ducks was in my path. And besides, I planned to pick up the parts and eat them. I always eat what I kill. Ain’t a man gotta right to hunt?”