NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Boat owners at an Old Hickory marina have announced a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the driver who they believe intentionally ran over and killed a beloved goose.
Barnyard the goose has been at the Blue Turtle Bay Marina for at least 15 years and was run over by a vehicle just before 7 a.m. Saturday, according to Beth-Anne Gentry.
Gentry, who has a boat at the marina in Old Hickory, posted surveillance video of the incident, provided by Blue Turtle Bay Marina, asking the public to help identify the driver.
“Barnyard is always here. He’s just that fixture, he’s the protector, always protecting smaller ducks,” Gentry explained. “I think he would hiss sometimes at people because he was trying to protect ducks and other animals, but I loved him and most of us loved him.”
The manager of Sam’s Sports Grill was the one who discovered Barnyard dead Saturday morning. Taylor Hockaday, the Operations Manager for Blue Turtle Bay Marina checked the parking lot’s surveillance camera and saw what happened.
“I was disgusted by it and it was very hard to watch,” Hockaday said. “It does seem very suspicious, being it was six in the morning and it just appeared they drove through, did their loop around and drove right out, so it’s very odd.”
She added, “I can’t say I’ve seen that car before. We get so many people coming to the restaurant, to the marina, in and out of here on a daily basis.”
Barnyard’s last day at the marina was special, Hockaday explained.
“The staff at Sam’s was showing him a lot of attention, feeding him a little bit, just kind of playing with him. Most people do that here,” she said. “They had a great last day, not knowing it was going to be his last.”
Hockaday said South Central Pet Services has offered to cremate Barnyard. They will find a permanent location on the property to create a memorial for him.
The $1,000 reward is expected to grow in the coming days, as several people have offered to contribute to the fund.
After reviewing the video, Metro Animal Care and Control has said it will investigate. Anyone with information is urged to contact MACC at 615-862-7928.
A GoFundMe has been established to raise more reward money for information. If no one is identified as the driver, the funds will be used for a memorial at the facility and/or donated. Click here for more.