A Perris man is scheduled to appear in court Friday on charges he attacked a pelican on the Newport Pier last week when it tried to steal his catch.
Daniel Richard Moreno, 19, will be in court Friday for a pre-trial hearing after pleading not guilty last week to misdemeanor animal cruelty. Police said that at about 3:30 p.m. on March 14 Moreno was fishing on the pier and set one of the fish he caught on the ground next to him.
That’s when a pelican standing on a nearby building’s roof swooped down and tried to grab Moreno’s fish, authorities said.
Police said Moreno stomped on the pelican’s beak. An online posting from a local rescue shelter said he also kicked it in the head.