Jason Scott Falbo II, 24, of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, who pleaded guilty on Thursday to nine counts of felony cruelty to animals, has been sentenced to three years of probation, with the first year to be spent in jail.
The owners of the home and backyard where the newborn chicks died under Falbo’s lawnmower contacted police shortly after watching the horror unfold on the afternoon of May 2. The Jentzsch family said at the time that the ducklings were a few days old.
Boyd Jentzsch said that he and his family, including his 7-year-old son, watched from inside their house, screaming as the landscaper ran over the ducks. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Jason Scott Falbo (pictured), 24, who pleaded guilty on Thursday to nine counts of felony cruelty to animals, has been sentenced to three years of probation, with the first year to be spent in jail.
Jentzsch told The Sun Sentinel:
We were horrified. I couldn’t believe it was happening. It was totally disgusting.
The police report stated that Falbo drove his riding lawnmower directly toward the ducks, which were lounging on the grass under a tree in Jentzsch’s yard, and ran over them.
When questioned why he drove over the birds, Falbo replied:
They were in my path, so I kept moving.
Nine ducklings died in the incident, while the mother and the other two ducklings survived.
2. A landscaper runs over ducklings with his lawnmower — WPBF 25 News report.
After he’s served his sentence, Falbo will be banned from owning “any animals of any kind” and will not be allowed to live with anyone who has pets.
To make sure that Falbo stays clear of animals, he will be getting random visits from county animal control officials.
As part of his sentence, Falbo will have to perform 10 hours of community service a month and undergo a mental health exam within 30 days of serving his jail time.
Falbo will also have to pay $669 in fines and court costs.
3. A landscaper mows down ducklings — a CBSN report.
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