Duck shot with arrow in callous act
THE hunt is on to locate a heartless offender responsible for shooting a duck with an arrow at a popular location in Gladstone.
A muscovy duck has survived the cruel attack which took place at Lake Callemondah about a fortnight ago.
The incident was reported to Friends of RSPCA Gladstone by a local resident upset after witnessing a duck with an arrow protruding from its chest area.
Attempts to capture the duck were unsuccessful, however the arrow has since dislodged from the animal and was located by Gladstone Regional Council officials at the site.
Regular monitoring of the animal, which is showing no obvious signs of injury, is ongoing.
Friends of RSPCA Gladstone president Judy Whicker is disgusted over the incident.
Mrs Whicker said the incident has been reported to the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline and Gladstone Regional Council.
"For somebody to be that callous shows what they are capable of," Mrs Whicker said.
"What fun would you get from doing this to any animal?"
The incident has concerned Gladstone Regional Council Environment and Regulation Portfolio spokesman Councillor Col Chapman who said he regarded this as a despicable act.
Cr Chapman said the council had no power to act on the incident which was a matter for the RSPCA and the police.
"Council will co-operate with any investigation into the incident in any way it can," Mr Chapman said.
RSPCA regional inspector Laurie Stageman said he would be investigating the incident and would take the arrow to local archery businesses in the hope of identifying it.
Mr Stageman said unfortunately there was no registry for arrows or bows which would make the investigation more difficult.
Anyone with information should phone Gladstone Police on 4971 3222 or the RSPCA cruelty hotline on 1300 852 188.