October 14, 2009 (San Diego's East County)-- Animal Control Officers rescued a Muscovy duck that had been shot five times with a crossbow this morning at Chollas Lake in East San Diego, near Highway 94.
The duck, with the arrows still in its body, was transported to the County’s Animal Shelter on Gaines Street. One of the arrows penetrated the bird’s head so a special avian veterinarian will be examining the duck to see if the animal’s life can be saved.
“Whoever did this cowardly and malicious act needs to be brought to justice,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of the Department of Animal Services.
The Department is seeking any information from the public regarding who shot the duck. If you have any information, please call Lt. Dan DeSousa at (619) 767-2624.
A suspect could face felony animal abuse charges, which could include prison time and fines.