A Brick Township man pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges today, acknowledging the allegation that he purposely drove his car into a flock of geese, killing the birds.
Prosecutors, in a statement, said they will seek a 90 day jail term, community service and a judge’s order prohibiting Quintin Alec-Manning, 22, from owning or working with animals in the future.
The incident occurred May 29, 2019. According to police, officers from the Toms River Township Police Department were notified that a motor vehicle struck a family of five geese in the parking lot of the Indian Head Plaza in Toms River, causing their death. A subsequent investigation by the police department identified Alec-Manning as the individual who purposely hit the geese with his motor vehicle. On May 30, 2019, Alec-Manning was arrested, charged, and released on a summons pending future court appearances.
“Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligence and hard work of Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Toms River Township Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife, for their combined assistance in connection with this investigation – ultimately resulting in Alec-Manning’s guilty plea today,” the statement from the prosecutor’s office said.