Transient Goes Batty, Takes Animal into Homeless Shelter

Adam Joel McQuerry allowed a bat to crawl up and down his arm. Then it did what bats do.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A homeless man in Laguna Beach went bat-poop crazy. Literally.

Adam Joel McQuerry showed up to the city’s Alternative Sleeping Location, AKA a homeless shelter, on Friday.

It was bad enough that he had been banned from the shelter for two weeks just days before – for reasons that were not made clear in a report from the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Worse still, he entered with a bag carrying a bat.

Not the baseball kind.

The upside-down-hanging, we-navigate-with-echolocation kind.

McQuerry told shelter staffers that the bag had five bats, according to the LBPD. It was later found out it didn’t. It had one, but that was enough to cause concern.

“Upon officers’ arrival, McQuerry was holding a live bat which he had somehow captured and was allowing to crawl up and down his arm,” reported the police watch sheet. “Officers warned him that the bat might bite him, but McQuerry dismissed these concerns.”

And then it did. Bite him.

McQuerry put the bat back in the bag, and after refusing officers’ repeated commands to leave, was arrested.

The bag with not five bats was confiscated, the animal turned over to Orange County health officers, who later euthanized it to determine if it had rabies.

It did not, said Sgt. Louise Callus.

McQuerry told officers he found the bat at a bat cave (where else?) near the shelter.

Meanwhile, McQuerry initially refused rabies shots. He was arrested on the suspicion of trespassing and resisting officers, the watch sheet says.

Cynthia Myers May 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Poor bat. It was probably perfectly healthy, until this a$$ removed it from the wild. Since he handled it with bare hands it had to be tested for rabies, and they have to have brain tissue to test it. Most mother bats only have one pup per year, so I hope the rest of the colony is safe from people like this. :-(
Donna Fleming May 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM
There needs to be a safe place for our communities homeless. There are so many of them wandering at night. Just looking for a safe place to sleep. Some empathy and compassion would not be unreasable here for those less fortunate who find themselves homeless.
Stan Jacobs May 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Why don't you folks who suggest that others show empathy and compassion by showing some yourself and take homeless personsinto your own home!
David Solo May 11, 2014 at 11:50 PM
Donna, compassion is great and I have represented many unfortunate people including numerous homeless people in legal cases over the years. However, when I am approached by a guy with a cardboard sign upon which is written "need money for beer" I have no empathy or compassion. When my family and I cannot sit on a bench because it is covered with bags of personal "effects" and a sleeping person my rights are being infringed as well. There is a safe place for homeless in Laguna Beach which these people should be required to use and panhandling needs to be prohibited.
Donna Fleming May 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM
David, Agreed. I would not feel generous towards a person with a sign that said, "Need money for beer". That was ignorant and these people have mental issues. We have them here in San Juan Capistrano too. There is no shelter that I know of here. They find a place under a bridge or near a trash bin. They hold signs up, saying they are hungry. Things are as bad now as they were during the depression. I commend your city for providing a shelter.


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