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Brookline animal control officer injured on hillside turkey call

Posted by Brock Parker  November 5, 2013 07:25 PM

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Brookline’s animal control officer was taken to the hospital Tuesday after his vehicle rolled backwards and knocked him down while he was responding to a report of an aggressive turkey.

Pierre Verrier was taken to Beth Israel Hospital for tests, though he did not initially appear to suffer any serious injuries, according to Brookline Police.

Verrier, a 25-year veteran of the police department who has been called on before to corral wild turkeys in Brookline, was responding to reports of an aggressive turkey at 12 Short Street near Beacon Street Tuesday about 2:44 p.m.

As he was exiting his vehicle, it started to roll backwards down the street toward Beacon Street and knocked Verrier to the ground, according to Brookline Police.

He was able to radio for help and when police arrived they found Verrier down on the street and the vehicle resting against the side of the building at the corner of Short and Beacon streets.

A Brookline Police accident reconstruction team is investigating the incident.

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