Goose injured in hit-and-run in East Setauket saved by animal rescue group

Frank Floridia, with Strong Island Animal Rescue, got a call Thursday morning about an injured family of geese that were hit by a car on Research Way.

News 12 Staff

Jun 25, 2021, 2:16 AM

Updated 1,033 days ago

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A Long Island animal rescue group came to the aid of a goose who was injured in a hit-and-run in East Setauket.
Frank Floridia, with Strong Island Animal Rescue, got a call Thursday morning about an injured family of geese that were hit by a car on Research Way. The car took off, but Floridia quickly jumped into action.
Video shows Floridia picking up the injured goose and placing it into a bin.
"The mom and the dad and the two siblings were still staying around him," says Floridia. "He was having trouble moving. I knew he had to go to a hospital."
Floridia brought the goose to Animal General Hospital, and it underwent surgery for its broken leg. He says this is a busy road and people tend to speed.
"I would love to see police officers sit here and give out speeding tickets," says Floridia.
Police tell News 12 this incident isn't considered a crime because it involved a wild animal.
John Di Leonardo, of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, says hitting an animal whether it be a dog or a goose with a vehicle should be a crime.
"Leaving the animal to suffer whether it was an accident or not, it's a hit-and-run," says Di Leonardo.
Di Leonardo is asking drivers that if they hit an animal to stay with it and contact a wildlife organization.


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