Madison Co. deputies search for pet duck killer
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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — Madison County deputies search for the person who shot and killed a pet duck. “It breaks my heart,” owner Laura Cearley said. “It’s not right.” Cearley said someone shot and killed her pet duck, Tina. “These ducks were rescued, and look what happened to them,” Cearley said. “I feel like I’ve failed them.” Her husband found the duck Tuesday behind their property on Waterford Drive, Cearley said. “We brought her up here to the house and I stroked her and loved on her, and she was already gone, though,” she said. Cearley said she rescued Tina about two years ago. Cearley said she could not physically have her own children. She fosters animals. “That’s what God sent me here to do is take care of animals, and then I have to deal with something like this,” she said. “It’s just not — it’s not right.” Tom Mapes with the Madison County Sheriff‘s Office said so far no charges have been filed. “Certainly here we’re very empathetic about this situation,” he said. Mapes said they are still searching for clues and eyewitnesses. “I think anybody that is a pet owner or animal lover, I think the thing you worry about is the motive,” he said. “What would be a motive of someone doing something like this?” Cearley encourages people to be vigilant. “Look around you and pay attention, because there‘s some bad people out there,” she said. If you have information about the shooting, call the Madison County Sheriff‘s Office at 731-423-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-TIPS (8477).