WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Police in Westfield have arrested a teenager in connection with the killing of a duck at Stanley Park.
Westfield Police Captain Hipolito Nunez, told ABC40/FOX6 News that they have taken a 15 year-old male into custody for allegedly killing Ozzie the Duck.
The arrest was made just a short time ago at about 11:40 this morning.
Nunez says, “We have charged this individual with cruelty to animals and the killing of a domesticated animal.”
Last Friday evening, November 11, witnesses saw teenagers stomping on Ozzie near the park pond and bridge.
Ozzie the Duck was a resident of the pond for a number of years and was often fed by members of the community who would come by to visit.
The Westfield Police Department will be transporting the suspect to Juvenile Court later today. It is unknown exactly when his arraignment will take place.
Police are not releasing the teenager’s name at this time.
Animal cruelty is a felony and the penalty can carry up to five years in prison and as much as $2,500 in fines.