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Case ID: 19560
Classification: Stabbing
Animal: other wildlife
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Thursday, Apr 5, 2012

County: Allegany

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Name Undisclosed

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

When Dave Pennington checked on the four ducks at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, they were fine, being ducks, doing what ducks do on the upper pond at Glendening Recreational Complex.

When he returned at 8 a.m., one of the fowl - a white one - was dead, floating up against the bank with a fancy knife sticking out of its back.

Once you know the rest of the story you'll understand why Pennington, a veteran employee of the Frostburg Street Department, takes it personally.

"The knife is pretty recognizable. We think someone will probably know who it belongs to," said City Administrator John Kirby at mid-morning, standing near the pond.

Roy Wilhelm, Pennington's co-worker, pulled the knife out of his pocket. The National Wild Turkey Federation folding knife from Cabela's has a 3-inch blade.

Wilhelm thinks he knows what happened.

"The person stabbed the duck in the back and the duck reacted, probably flopping, maybe flying, and got away out onto the water. The person probably left. The duck died and drifted into the bank," he surmised.

The four ducks - two white and two brown - were first noticed at the pond about a year ago, likely released by someone who bought them for Easter and didn't want to keep them, the city workers believe.

"Then in September or October we started getting requests from nearby residents who enjoyed the ducks and were concerned they wouldn't make it through the winter when the pond would freeze," Kirby said. "There are a lot of coyotes and some bobcats that live right around here. They wanted us to do something."

Pennington stepped forward, building a pen and taking the ducks to his house for the winter and using his own money to buy straw and food for the birds.

"I took care of them as good as I take care of my dogs," he said. "I just brought them back to the pond on Tuesday."

Kirby was checking with the city's police department to see if charges could be brought for what he describes as a disgusting act of animal cruelty.

"There's no way to explain why someone would do such an act. If anybody knows anything I hope they will call our police department at 301-689-3000," he said.

"I'm glad it is getting publicity," Wilhelm said. "I hope whoever did it at least loses a couple nights' sleep."


Case Updates

Authorities in Frostburg say a 14-year-old boy fatally stabbed a city park duck.

The Cumberland Times-News reported that city workers found a distinctive knife protruding from the dead bird's back Thursday morning.

Frostburg police said Friday evening that an investigation led them to the 14-year-old. Criminal charges for aggravated animal cruelty and animal cruelty were forwarded to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. The youth was released to his parents.

The domesticated duck was one of four that were released at the Glendening Recreational Complex about a year ago.

City worker Dave Pennington says he had just returned the ducks to the pond Tuesday. He says they spent the winter in a pen he built for them at his home
Source: wbal.com - Apr 6, 2012
Update posted on Apr 6, 2012 - 8:44PM 

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