Police are getting calls, but still have no leads after a car mowed down a flock of ducks and geese in the Ahwatukee Foothills.
"It was very gruesome," said Arizona Humane Society spokeswoman Kim Noetzel. "There were feathers, blood, dead ducks and dead geese for about 50 yards. They were mangled."
The incident happened about 11:30 a.m. Friday near Lakeside Boulevard and Suki Court, officials said. Someone put bread and tortillas in the middle of the street, luring the waterfowl from a nearby lake. A small green car was seen speeding away, leaving more than a dozen ducks and geese dead or dying in the road.
Seven mallards and two geese died at the scene. Witnesses said the injured birds appeared to have broken bones and neck injuries, and were bleeding profusely. At least five retreated to the lake, where they likely drowned, Noetzel said.
One duck was taken to the humane society’s Second Chance Hospital and treated for a broken wing, but veterinarians had to amputate the duck’s legs, Noetzel said. The duck was euthanized Saturday.
Phoenix police officer Dave Staneart said residents helped get the dead and injured birds off the road.
"They were upset. They couldn’t believe a person could do this," he said Tuesday. "I couldn’t believe it."
Whoever did it wasn’t paying attention, or did it on purpose, he said. A detective is helping with the investigation.
"We should all be concerned about a person that would carry out this type of thoughtless violence," Noetzel said.
People often downplay the treatment of animals and think they don’t experience fear and pain, Noetzel said.
"These are ducks that are used to being around people," Noetzel said. "They’re very trusting. To think that someone violated their trust is really sad."
The responsible person or persons could face up to 10 felony counts of animal abuse, Noetzel said. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest or indictment. Call (480) 948-6377.