Three ducks have been found in a park near Los Angeles with their beaks removed, prompting authorities to investigate human involvement.
Source: FOX 11 Los Angeles/Youtube
The three ducks were found in a park in Fountain Valley, California, and all of them had their beaks partially removed. Officials are investigating the injuries which made them not be able to eat. Because of their injuries, they either died or had to be euthanized.
“Our suspicion is with so many injured in the same way, that it seems intentional,” Debbie McGuire, executive director at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach, told the Los Angeles Times.
The first two ducks were taken in by the Wildlife Care Center but ultimately had to be euthanized because they were starving.
“They were still alive and suffering from starvation due to their inability to eat and were euthanized due to the severity of their wounds,” Wildlife Care Center said in a Facebook post.
The third duck was found by a volunteer and died that night from starvation.
“We have no evidence that people did this,” Captain. Patrick Foy, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesperson, told PEOPLE. However, “There are lots of unanswered questions. We’re hoping the public has some tips.”
This is a gruesome animal cruelty case, and whoever did this to these poor animals should face consequences. The Wildlife Care Center is asking anyone with information that may lead to the person(s) who are doing this to, please call CalTip at (888) 334-2258, or OC Animal Care at (714) 935-6848.
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