STATESVILLE, N.C. — Staff and volunteer removed ducks and geese from Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Statesville Friday after multiple cases of extreme cruelty.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue Director Jennifer Gordon said the rescue received four cases of extreme cruelty from the park.
“There is a pattern of abuse to animals in the park,” Gordon said. “We reached out the city of Statesville, and they immediately approved the plan presented by the rescue to prevent further cruelty to the abandoned waterfowl in the park”
According to a news release, the cases that came from the park included ducks being used for target practice, one duck beaten over the head but the latest was a duck found in the bathroom with its feet cut off.
“When the good Samaritan came to CWR with the last case we knew it was time to act to protect the birds in the park from further harm. We estimate we will be removing 75 ducks from the park,” Gordon said.
Gordon said they will be available for adoption after being cleared through health screening. Donations are also needed to help care for the animals.
“We are very grateful for the efforts of the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. We have been concerned about the reports of abuse to the birds in the park but have been unable to catch any of the injured ones on our own. We appreciate the work of the CWR and their willingness to help us,” Richard Griggs, Recreation and Parks Director, City of Statesville, NC said.