(CBS/WBZ) WESTFIELD, Ma. - Police have made an arrest in the killing of Ozzie the duck, a much-loved Stanley Park resident for the last three years.
The Republican reported that a 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the killing. According to Westfield Police Capt. Hipoloto Nunez, the teen was charged with cruelty to animals and killing a domesticated animal.
In Massachusetts, killing a domesticated animal is a felony carrying up to five years in prison and as much as $2,500 in fines.
The suspect's identity is not being released since he's a minor.
CBS station WBZ said the park posted on its website that Ozzie the duck was killed on Friday around 4:30 p.m. by a group of teenagers who were seen stomping the bird to death by a jogger.
"Ozzie came to Stanley Park a few years ago and has been a special member of our duck, geese & swan family ever since," said Robert C. McKean, park director.
The Muscovy duck has been a favorite at the park for years, even though the breed prefers tropical climates.
McKean said he is happy with the police department's work and everyone who helped in the investigation.
Officials hope to use the good will generated by the duck to help tighten security.
"We're also setting up an Ozzie fund so we can have surveillance cameras down here and actually put it on the web so everybody can watch the park and be our own security even though we might be closed."
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