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“Ducky” captured in western Maryland

After numerous sightings, an elusive stray dubbed “Ducky” — because his snout was wrapped in duct tape — was snagged by animal control officers in western Maryland, and two men have been charged with animal cruelty in connection with his mistreatment.

Ducky, as he has been referred to on the “We Love Ducky” Facebook page, had eluded animal control officers and volunteers for a week.

On Sunday morning, though, he was found resting on the porch of a home in Lonaconing, according to the Cumberland Times-News.

The resident called the county 911 center, which dispatched animal control officials to pick up the dog. By Sunday afternoon, after biting one of the officers, Ducky was being treated at the Western Maryland Animal Hospital by Dr. John T. Fox, according to Elizabeth Care, a volunteer at Ark of Hope Rescue.

Ricky Allen Adams, 25, of Cumberland (left), and Frederick Newton Lease, 27, of Mount Savage, have been charged with animal cruelty. Neither of them owned the dog, police said.

Sightings of Ducky had been reported Saturday on U.S. Route 40 near the Garrett County border. Ducky was first spotted near Corriganville more than a week ago.

“Overall, Ducky is in good health and is being treated for parasites,” said a veterinary technician at the animal hospital. Ducky is in quarantine, however, because of the bite, and will remain there for 10 days before a transfer to Ark of Hope.

“We will get him socialized and trusting people, then he will be put up for adoption,” said Care.

No one knows where the dog came from.

Updates on Ducky’s condition will be provided on the Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation Facebook page.

To help with Ducky’s vet expenses, contact Ark of Hope Rescue at 301-478-3300, or by click here.

(Photos: from the We Love Ducky Facebook page)


Comment from smoketoomuch
Time April 5, 2011 at 9:17 am

You have to wonder about the interior life of someone who could / would do such a thing. And while certainly not the worst case of animal abuse brought to light in recent days, it’s still ABUSE of another living, feeling, thing. Poor “Ducky” was probably left frightened and completely bewildered by such inexplicable human behavior.
I’m glad these guys faces have made the news. Maybe if animal abusers were made to suffer the public humiliation of having their names and faces splashed all over the electronic and print Media more often they might then slink back into the darkness from whence they came (and hopefully stay there).
Maybe it’s only my personal perception, but it seems to me that this was once a country where most people did the right thing just because it WAS the right thing, and criminals and miscreants were only a small minority. Now it seems as though the world has been turned on its head, and far too many of these unthinking, unfeeling clowns are destroying the fabric of American society from within – one stupid, selfish, or cruel act at a time. Very sad indeed.

Comment from Amy
Time April 5, 2011 at 11:12 am

The thing that is really scarry is that these people who commit these terrible acts against defensless animals, is only the begining for some. I think that anyone who could do something like this to an animal should serve jail time. Why should an animal be any different from a person? People that are capible of this kind of acts could move on to do the same to other people because animals will satisfy their sick and twisted games.

Comment from dkw1975
Time April 5, 2011 at 11:44 am

I enjoy the happy stories here, but I am often saddened by the stories here. I know they have a place and are needed. Awareness is a big key.
Thank you for posting the names and photos of the acused when posting the stories. They shouldn’t be hidden. Thank you.

Comment from Anonymous
Time April 6, 2011 at 8:27 am

It is sickening that anyone would do such a thing to a defenseless animal. These two men are predators who will end up commiting violence against vulnerable people, such as children or the elderly. I normally am not a vindictive person but in such cases, I believe substantial prison time and fines should be mandatory. (Actually, I’d imprison these men and duct tape their faces for a week). Much stronger laws are needed to appropriately punish such sick individuals.