A window washer is claiming self-defense in a case in which he faces allegations that he violated animal cruelty law by killing a bird while he was working on a high-rise building in Boston, BostonChannel.com reports.
An officer from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrested Christopher Guay after a group of office workers alleged that they saw a window washer kill a sea gull that was tending to a nest on the rooftop of a high-rise building on Devonshire Street in Boston.
Guay, who calls himself an animal lover, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, saying he was acting in self-defense when he hit the bird. He said that the bird repeatedly swooped down on him, BostonChannel.com reports.
"I'm an animal lover, plain and simple. I don't have a violent bone in my body," Guay told BostonChannel.com.
The office workers dispute Guay's self-defense account, saying Guay attacked the bird--not the other way around.
Guay tells the Boston Herald that while his employer at the time fired him over the controversy, he has since landed a new job.
Sources: BostonChannel.com and Boston Herald