Attacks on animals merit jail time - East Valley Tribune: Opinion

Attacks on animals merit jail time

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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2007 7:05 am | Updated: 7:53 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

There’s a sicko out there, and he’s got nothing to do with Michael Moore’s new movie. Some degenerate unworthy of description as a human being crushed the skulls of defenseless birds at Scottsdale’s Chaparral Park lake, killing 15 ducks and four geese.

These animals, Wednesday’s Tribune reported, died horrible deaths from either blunt-force trauma or drowning from being unable to stay afloat with their injuries.

Fifteen more ducklings died because their mothers were among those killed by this disgusting creep. Wildlife rehabilitation experts from the Arizona Covey took in 15 attacked birds to tend to them, and because of their loving, caring efforts, as of Wednesday nine had survived.

This lake is a popular spot, and, even though police told the Tribune’s Mike Branom that the attacks likely were carried out at night, we believe that somebody might have seen this low-life scum do these sadistic deeds and might have information that could help catch him.

As Branom reported, while these acts constitute a felony under state law — cruelty to animals, punishable by up to 18 months in prison — because one of the victims is a Canadian gosling, the killer could be prosecuted under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

For those who think that such a reprehensible individual is doing nothing different than what hunters do, while duck hunting is legal, those birds at places such as Chaparral Park were exempted from hunting. For any individual to unilaterally decide to change that status is in violation of the law and directly conflicts with humans’ expectations that these birds were to live their full, natural lives in peace.

Anyone who would abuse an animal that is unable to fight back is someone who needs to be put in jail. If you know something that could help police identify this suspect — they currently have no suspects and no motive, Scottsdale Police Sgt. Mark Clark told Branom — please call police at (480) 312-5000.

A $500 reward has been offered for information leading to the perpetrator’s arrest and conviction. For information call (520) 792-0500.

To contribute toward care for the attacked birds, contact the East Valley Wildlife Rehabilitation League at (480) 814-9339 or send e-mail to

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