Ducks

Ducks watch as the sun sets at Central Alabama Community College on Wednesday afternoon.

A second former Central Alabama Community College student has been arrested for his role in the abuse with a bat and death of a white muscovy duck from the CACC pond.

Jacob Thomas Frye of Cartersville, Georgia was arrested late Friday afternoon and officially charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class C felony.

Alexander City police chief Jay Turner said Wednesday his department is investigating an incident of a duck being taken from the pond at CACC 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 forced to be 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.”

Frye’s arrest follows the May 31 arrest of Thomas Grant, 19, of Wetumpka who was also charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. 

CACC spokesperson Brett Pritchard said earlier this week 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.

If found guilty of a Class C felony, Frye and Grant could 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.

Cliff Williams is a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers.

Staff Writer

Cliff Williams is a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers.