January 21, 2020

Swan supplier turns in animal breeding license

BOSTON — The Maine man who supplies swans for Boston parks in the summer is giving up his animal breeding license rather than pay a federal fine for violations.

Norman Waycott of Saco, Maine, was found to have violated the Animal Welfare Act, according to Ed Curlett, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Two swans provided by Waycott for the Public Garden and Jamaica Pond died, and two others became sick.

Waycott faced a fine of $1,700 for “housekeeping and recordkeeping” violations, but agreed to give up his license for five years. He said he decided not to pay the fine because he plans to retire from the animal breeding business.

“It was just a hobby,” he told The Boston Herald in Thursday’s edition.

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