On September 26, 2018, the Suffolk County SPCA received a call from Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) about several domestic Muscovy ducks that were abandoned in a Corporate Center in Melville.
The Suffolk County SPCA and LION are offering a total of a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the abandonment of these domestic ducks.
“Abandoning a domestic bird is a crime just like abandoning a dog or a cat. When they’re abandoned to fend for themselves, these sweet animals often starve or are torn apart by predators because they lack the instincts to survive in the wild. LION is urging anyone with information to contact the Suffolk County SPCA and to contact LION anytime a domestic duck is spotted in the wild,” attributed to John Di Leonardo, President, and Anthrozoologist, LION.
Effective March 31, 2010 muscovy ducks are now protected birds under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. We can use the public’s help. The Suffolk County SPCA is highly motivated to find those who are responsible for the abandonment of these domestic ducks. The investigation continues as we follow up leads and conduct interviews. We urge anyone with information to contact the Suffolk County SPCA so that we are able to bring the individual(s) responsible to swift justice.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722.
All calls will be kept confidential.
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
“Protecting Suffolk County’s animals is the only job we do!”