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Sign: Man Cut Off Blue Heron’s Leg And Slit Bird’s Throat In Front Of His Children

Published: April 07, 2023 at 02:58 PM Author: Penny Eims

Port St. Lucie, FL -A Florida man was arrested on April 2 on accusations that he tortured a federally protected bird in front of his children. The Port St. Lucie police have identified 67-year-old Eugene Fritz as the man who sliced off the leg of a great blue heron and slit the bird’s throat…in front of his kids.

As reported by WPTV News, the authorities interviewed Fritz’s children after his wife reported what happened. Fritz’s daughter said that her dad had the injured bird with him when he picked her up from school. The police report for the March 31 incident states:

“The bird was still alive at this point but had a broken leg. It appeared the father had injured the bird when he grabbed it.”

The children said he then cut off its legs, brutally stabbed it to death, before slitting its throat, all while they watched.

The family has stated that Fritz brutalized the blue heron because he was “angry” that it went after his fishing bait.

Eugene Fritz is facing multiple charges, including aggravated animal cruelty and cruelty toward a child.

If you are shaken by what this man did to an innocent bird, and angered that he committed the violence in front of children, please add your name to the petition today!

We the undersigned demand that Eugene Fritz is held responsible for torturing and killing a protected great blue heron and we are petitioning for him to receive the maximum punishment allowable by law for the charges stemming from this appalling act of violence. 

Blue herons are protected federally under the U.S. Migratory Brid Treaty Act, as well as the Florida Endangered and Threatened Species Rule.

Individuals are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.



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Update 8/29/2023: Animal Victory has learned that the next docket call is scheduled on 08/30/2023 at 9:00 a.m This is a status meeting in preparation for trial.

Update 7/13/2023: Animal Victory sent a cover letter and petition to the County Attorney.

Update 7/4/2023: Animal Victory has learned that a Motion to Compel Discovery is scheduled on 7/24/2023, and a docket call is scheduled on July 26, 2023.

Update 6/22/2023: Animal Victory has learned that the Docket Call is scheduled for 6/28/2023 at 9 am in courtroom 2B-HC with Honorable Michael Heisey.

Update: 5/15/2023: Animal Victory sent cover letter and petition to the judge. 

Sign: Man Cut Off Blue Heron’s Leg And Slit Bird’s Throat In Front Of His Children

19,029 signatures = 95% of goal


19,029 Gisela Llamas Sep 30, 2023
19,028 Karen Ramey Sep 25, 2023
19,027 Annamarie Jones Sep 24, 2023
19,026 Valerie Louden I hope the judge will see that Fritz is in need of some mental health treatment, and perhaps some anger management if he is willing to take out his anger this way in front of his children, terrorize them, think nothing of it, something is very wrong here. Sep 24, 2023
19,025 Jerry Yarborough Sep 23, 2023
19,024 Elizabeth Apking Sep 21, 2023
19,023 Elizabeth Conlan Sep 17, 2023
19,022 Merrill Plumlee Sep 17, 2023
19,021 Catherine Mazzoni Sick pos scum prosecute to the fullest. Sep 17, 2023
19,020 Loretta Cuesta Sep 16, 2023
19,019Anonymous Sep 14, 2023
19,018 Linda Duncan Please punish this man for this horrible act of violence. Sep 12, 2023
19,017 karen Wible Sep 12, 2023
19,016 Susan Atkinson This is act of pure violence to a wild beautiful creature who was just wanting to feed itself! Not only a vile act towards the bird but to do this in front of his children! Sep 12, 2023
19,015 Joanne Raby-Smith Sep 11, 2023
19,014 Allan Rubin This is an obscenity!!! We call so many other things obscene, but, man's continued abuse of animals for the most ridiculous reasons far exceeds any other kind of obscenity you can imagine!! Sep 08, 2023
19,013 Eric Gravenor Sep 07, 2023
19,012 Sandy Bairfield Sep 03, 2023
19,011 Kay Kurz Aug 29, 2023
19,010 Suzy Kendall Aug 27, 2023
19,009 Betty Bourke brown Aug 27, 2023
19,008 Kimberly Bellefontaine Aug 27, 2023
19,007 SUSIE BARANSKI The man in question looks dark and evil, maximum penalty!! Aug 26, 2023
19,006 Fatemeh Sadavi Aug 24, 2023
19,005 Lorraine Andersen Aug 24, 2023
19,004 Ronnie Lapenson Aug 23, 2023
19,003 Sandra UNITE Selfish ,sadistic b....d Aug 23, 2023
19,002 Jenni Audette Aug 23, 2023
19,001 dazione matthews Aug 23, 2023
19,000 Cierra B Aug 22, 2023