A Comber man has been charged after a pigeon with broken wings and legs was found being used as owl bait.

Investigators went to 1550 Kildare on Jan. 7 to respond to a complaint that a live pigeon was being used to attempt to capture an owl.

The pigeon was found without food and water and was removed from the property. 

An examination by Windsor-Essex Humane Society veterinary staff found two broken wings and two broken legs. The pigeon was euthanized due to the severity of its injuries.

The man was charged with causing distress to an animal, under the Ontario SPCA Act. He is scheduled to appear in court April 22 at 9 a.m.