Kim Haggy has lived by the pond near the Bethany Library for the last five years. She says there used to be more than 100 ducks at the pond, but now it’s down to less than 50.
In the last four days, she’s found 14 dead ducks and she suspects people are hurting them.
She says she found a mother duck with her head cut off at first, and the numbers just kept rising.
On Thursday morning, she found the 14th duck deceased along the bank of the pond.
“I want to cry. This morning when I was walking back to my house, I was crying because it’s very sad,” said Haggy.
She says she doesn’t have an emotional attachment to the ducks, but she doesn’t want her daughter and other kids in the park to see such a horrific sight.
Haggy believes it is intentional. She says other neighbors have seen ducks chased and hit by kids.
A report is filed with the Bethany Police Department by another neighbor. Police say the suddenly large number of ducks dying is shocking. They are investigating if the ducks are really being attacked by humans, but Deputy Chief John Reid says there is a possibility that it is the avian flu.
Besides the first mother duck that Haggy found, there are no signs of trauma to the other dead ducks.
“Some of those ducks over in that pond are protected federally so it is a federal violation to cause harm or anything like that to those duck or geese,” said Reid.
Anyone who sees suspicious activity or violence toward the ducks should contact Bethany Police Department.