Former Central Alabama Community College students have been charged in the death of a duck from the school’s pond.
Alexander City police chief Jay Turner said his department is investigating an incident of a duck from the pond at CACC being taken and assaulted by CACC students May 5.
“We were notified by CACC that they were aware of a situation involving student athletes killing a duck,” Turner said. “The duck was from the pond at CACC. We were advised the school was going to take administrative punishment against the kids involved.”
Turner said investigators looked into the matter as well.
“We pursued an investigation to see if criminal charges were warranted,” Turner said. “Our investigation showed it did warrant criminal charges. Two warrants for arrest were obtained for aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class C felony.”
Turner said the duck was put down.
“The duck was located and taken to a vet to determine the extent of the injuries,” Turner said. “It was determined it needed to be euthanized.”
CACC spokesperson Brett Pritchard said school administrators are aware of the incident.
“It was reported to the college that there was an incident involving students and a duck,” Pritchard said in a statement. “The incident was reported to have taken place off campus and was reported to local law enforcement for follow up.”
Pritchard said the school took action.
“The students are no longer enrolled at CACC,” he said.
Turner said his department has two arrest warrants in the case so far.
“We have arrested one,” Turner said. “We have not arrested the other person because they are out of state. They will be arrested and extradited back.”
Turner said Thomas Grant, 19, of Wetumpka was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. Court records show Grant was arrested May 31 and the complaint gives some details of the incident involving Grant.
“Thomas Landon Grant intentionally or knowingly violated section 13A-11-14 Code of Alabama and the act of cruelty or neglect involved the infliction of torture to the animal, a white muscovy duck with a baseball bat,” the document reads.
If found guilty of a Class C felony, a person would face a prison sentence of one to 10 years.
Turner said the incident is still under investigation.
Pritchard said CACC employs off duty Alexander City police officers for campus security.