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A Tennessee man was arrested Wednesday on charges he deliberately ran over and killed a goose that had been a fixture at a local sports bar for over a decade.
Nathan Haskins, 40, was hit with felony aggravated animal cruelty raps in the March 20 death of beloved Barnyard in Old Hickory, a Nashville neighborhood, police said.
The feathered creature was described as “friendly,” and had been a mainstay at Sam’s Blue Turtle Bay Marina, a bar and grill, for close to 15 years, according to local reports.
Cops said Haskins was identified as the driver of a black Chrysler 300 sedan seen on surveillance video stopping in front of the bird in the Old Hickory marina, WKRN-TV reported.
The driver then accelerates and deliberately rams into Barnyard before speeding away.
An anonymous tipster told investigators that Haskins, while at a local bar, had allegedly confessed to the fowl murder.
He later confirmed to Metro Animal Care & Control and cops that he was the driver, the department said.
Barnyard’s killing sparked an uproar in the community, and several residents banded together last month to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to the bird’s killer.
Haskins was being held at the Davidson County Jail on $3,000 bond.
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