Duck beaten, set alight at Callemondah

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE residents are asking what type of person would brutally bash and then set alight an innocent animal, after a fly-invested, ant-eaten duck carcass was found at Lake Callemondah yesterday.

Ruth Searston was riding her bike to work early yesterday morning, when she noticed the burnt carcass on the side of the bike track at Lake Callemondah.

'I was pretty shocked, I see the ducks out there every day, so it was disgusting to find that one of them had been killed,' she said.

Ms Searston said the perpetrator had to have been a 'sad, sick' individual to do such a thing.

'A lot of families use the bike tracks and walkways out there, and there are often children playing around that area. It's a horryifying sight to see this bird sprawled out dead on the grass,' she said.

Gladstone police questioned two teenagers about the incident on Monday, after witnesses saw a group of youths hitting birds with sticks.

A police spokesperson said offenders had not been located as yet, and investigations into the incident were continuing yesterday.

Friends of the RSPCA representative Tammy Drieffen said it was "distressing'' that people would purposefully harm an animal.

'It's very sad and disappointing that that would happen; you would certainly hope it's not something that would happen again,' she said.



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