MELBOURNE, Fla. – Police said a Florida man has been charged after he beat a mama duck and her three ducklings to death with a stick, WKMG reports.
Officers found the ducks late Monday morning in the man's backyard, the report said. His neighbors made the call to 911.
Marrero-Pena told officers he beat the adult duck with a stick and stomped on the ducklings, Melbourne police said. He told officers the adult duck had wandered onto his property and attacked him.
Magdiel Marrero-Pena, 41, of Melbourne, was charged with four counts of cruelty to animals, Florida Today reported.
Marrero-Pena remained at the Brevard County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $20,250 bail.