A police investigation into animal cruelty has been opened up by police in Ontario, California, after they were tipped off about an Instagram post that showed a teenage boy repeatedly striking a duck with a golf club. The incident which took place at the Whispering Lakes Golf Course resulted in the investigation beginning on Wednesday, with the 16-year-old responsible being arrested on Thursday without incident at his home. Police have cited and released the boy but because he is a minor they have not identified him to the public.
The duck’s body was later found by the police. The incident occurred when Colony High School visited the course as part of practice, and the superintendent has released a statement saying:
“One of the students inadvertently hit a duck with his tee shot. When the students came across the injured duck, one of them is said to have wanted to put the duck down to prevent further suffering. He then took a club and hit the duck two times. Four other students reportedly witnessed this, and approximately 45 seconds of video of the incident has appeared on social media.”
The statement continued: “The student was arrested on charges for animal cruelty, and is not at school today. Colony High School does not condone animal cruelty in any way, and is fully cooperating with Ontario police with regard to this incident.”
Due to the rise of social media an increasing number of people across the world have been arrested after posting their illegal activity to various online platforms with animal abuse being a commonly cited crime. Earlier this year a man was arrested after he posted footage of himself force feeding cocaine and whiskey to a goat at the ranch where he worked. He was subsequently arrested and charged with animal abuse after police were alerted to the presence of the video by a member of the public. In the UK, Daniel Challis, aged 24, was told he might face a prison sentence after he was arrested when he posted a video of himself drinking a live goldfish as part of an online challenge.
In Oklahoma, Samuel Wise Sr., was arrested after he posted a video of himself beating a dog to death to Facebook. The video subsequently went viral and provoked outrage from the public, and Mr Wise was promptly arrested and charged with a number of crimes, including animal abuse.