MASHPEE, Mass. – The police are investigating a report that a fisherman intentionally hit a swan with his boat on a Massachusetts pond, causing injuries that led to the bird’s euthanization.
A witness tells the Cape Cod Times he saw the boat speed in the swan on Mashpee-Wakeby pond on the Mashpee-Sandwich border on May 12. Animal control officers searched for the injured bird weeks before it was eventually taken to a rescue service on 1 June. It had multiple fractures to his right wing and had contracted a bone infection. The swan was a few days later.
A bass fishing competition held on the pond, the day the swan was hit, but Mashpee police say they have removed all competitors from acting unlawfully. They are still looking for a suspect.
Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodtimes.com