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Ducks bludgeoned to death in Schuylkill County park

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa., - Rain or shine, Jim Finnigan takes a daily stroll through Bubeck Park in Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County.

"If the sun's out you can sit under the shade of the trees," said Finnigan.

But this week, the walk isn't as pretty. Finnigan is afraid of what he might find after hearing that ducks were bludgeoned to death at the park over the weekend.

"A course of violence that took an amount of time. It wasn't just one animal that was destroyed here. It was five of them. So in my opinion, it shows that the individual was highly aggravated or enraged," said Schuylkill Haven Police Chief Jeff Walcott.

Walcott says the incident is disturbing and says he won't stand for it. He's got officers security checking camera footage, looking for the cruel culprit.

Walcott says he believes the incident happened at night. He says it's unclear if it's related, but a baseball bat was found at the far end of the park.

"It's terrible. I don't understand what somebody would get out of doing something like that," said Finnegan. "I mean they're harmless. They don't bother anybody and they're so pretty too."

Finnigan says he hopes whoever killed the ducks will get what they deserve.

Since the ducks are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Act, that would be a $15,000 fine and possible jail time.

And if someone needed an incentive to come forward, a local businessman has offered a reward leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call 570-385-9111.

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