Woman says neighbor attacked, killed her pet duck

Cellphone video shows man slamming animal on ground

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor, Nicole Perez - Reporter

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A Kendall woman said her neighbor killed her pet duck because he felt threatened by the animal.

Melina Ocampo, who lives in the Heron of the Hammocks community, said her pet duck, Ma Pato, often roamed around a nearby lake, eventually returning home.

Another neighbor, Madelaine Jorge, noticed a man and woman near the duck on Sept. 2 and recorded what she saw with her cellphone. In the video, the man slams the duck to the ground, killing the animal.

"When I looked right outside ... he was dead," Ocampo said.

Ocampo said she had owned Ma Pato for about four years and never had any problems before.

She said she contacted police, who told her the neighbors who encountered the duck in front of their apartment said it was attacking them.

Ocampo had to pick up her dead duck and bring the carcass back to her apartment.

"No animal should be left to die like that," Ocampo said.

Attempts to reach the neighbors for comment were unsuccessful.

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