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Duck's killing angers Mass. park patrons, police

November 13, 2011

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WESTFIELD, Mass.—Westfield police say they are seeking tips to find the people who killed a beloved misfit duck that many considered the mascot of Stanley Park.

"Ozzie," a Muscovy duck, was found dead Friday after a jogger reported seeing a group of boys injuring it, including one who repeatedly stomped on the duck. She told police she tried to save the duck, but was unsuccessful.

Ozzie had been a fixture at Stanley Park for about three years, drawing attention for its unusual appearance as it trailed other ducks around the park.

Park officials say the attack was "brutal" and that they gave Ozzie a proper burial.

The Republican of Springfield reports ( http://bit.ly/vlnwIn) a reward has been established for information, and police say the culprits will be charged with animal cruelty.