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Pigeon shoot scheduled for Rockingham County canceled

January 24, 2015

WENTWORTH, N.C. (AP) — A Rockingham County property owner has canceled plans to host a shooting contest that would have made 8,000 pigeons the target of hunters.

The News and Record of Greensboro reports (http://bit.ly/1EFQm8W) Arthur Dick, the owner of the 2,000-acre Willow Oaks Plantation near Eden, planned to release the birds. Last week, the Humane Society of the United States filed a complaint with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the event.

Sheriff Sam Page requested a temporary restraining order to stop Dick from hosting the event. The matter was scheduled for a court hearing on Thursday, but Dick’s attorney told the judge the event was canceled.

A phone number for Dick couldn’t be found Saturday.

In 2004, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission made regulatory changes that protected pigeons against animal cruelty.

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Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com

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