Man Charged With Mowing Over Baby Ducks
August 18, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — A Clay County, Fla., employee was charged with animal cruelty after allegedly using his power mower to run over and kill a group of ducklings, officials said.
Mark Preston Akers, 29, of Middleburg, was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly chased a mother duck and a group of seven ducklings with his power mower, killing four of the baby ducks, the Jacksonville Times-Union reported.
A witness told investigators Akers lowered his mowing attachment over the baby ducks and then “appeared to laugh and gave … the thumbs up.”
Another witness said Akers later bragged about what had allegedly just happened.
“If the allegations are correct, it’s very disturbing,” said Stephanie Kopelousos, Clay County manager.