Saturday, April 05, 2008

Duck.....or you will quack your head.....

A sign that the Millenium is not yet upon us......

In Cachagua, we have community supported pet peacocks, chickens and roosters.....oh, and some humans.

It is nice to know that Long Island is keeping up.....

Long Island duck gets order of protection

Circles, the duck who was shot allegedly by a neighbor in the backyard of its home in Mastic, is recovering and has received an order of protection. (Photo by James Carbone / April 4, 2008)


9:54 PM EDT, April 3, 2008

Like any other victim of a violent attack, Circles the duck now has legal protection -- an order of protection against the man charged as her assailant.

In addition to getting shot in the neck by a pellet gun, Suffolk prosecutors said Circles, of Mastic, managed to make legal history Thursday.

"To my knowledge, it's the first order of protection for a pet in Suffolk County, outside of domestic violence cases," said prosecutor Michelle Auletta.

The attack was quick, said Circles' owner, Janet Lippincott, 53. A group of teens jumped the backyard fence and charged at her with pellet guns, Lippincott said.

"My son just lost it," Lippincott said, describing the March 17 shooting. "He saw the blood on both sides of her neck."

But Thursday the yellow-billed Pekin duck -- the same variety of Long Island fame -- scored a legal victory. The man police say is her attacker, Ylik Mathews, 21, pleaded not guilty to felony animal cruelty charges in First District Court in Central Islip. Judge John Iliou issued a full order of protection for Lippincott's family, including Circles. An attorney who has represented Mathews in the past said he was unfamiliar with this case.

Mathews was held on bail of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

"She's made a remarkable recovery," Lippincott said as Circles made gurgly duck sounds at her feet Thursday.

According to court papers, the single bullet pierced the duck's larynx, shattering a bone around her voice box and leaving two holes on opposite sides of her neck. Circles' veterinary bill totaled $200.

Lippincott said Mathews first told her the shooting was an accident. But she said she decided to press charges after Mathews sought assault charges against her son, Michael.

At first, Lippincott said Suffolk police were stumped.

"They'd never ran across it before," she said of assault on a duck.

In 2006, then-Gov. George Pataki signed into law the legal provision to include pets in orders of protection. The measure was first used a month later in Queens, when a judge listed Be Be, a 5-year-old bichon frise, as a party in a domestic dispute.

Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said he could not recall a case involving cruelty to ducks that led to court.

If convicted, Mathews faces up to two years in prison. State prison records show he has a felony conviction for first-degree robbery.

Circles is back to sleeping in the dog crate she shares with two pit bull-labrador sisters, Viper and Sweetie.

"It wound up a nightmare," Lippincott said, "all because they shot my duck."

Hillary Clinton has yet to comment on the situation, but she also has made gurgly duck sounds.......

Observers have noted that she was in Long Island on the weekend in question, and this probably is the reason for her confusion about that whole Bosnian Sniper Fire Thing.


Blogger deirdre said...

hello, michael-

thought i should probably stop lurking and repay you with a few words. a few words to thank you for the late evenings and very early morning hours i have spent with your blog. thank you for making me laugh out loud, for making me cry, for blowing my mind with your chutzpah (b-a-l-l-s seemed so unlady like a word) for giving my rage a voice, for being irish, for a being a beacon of sanity- in a sense- in this wacko ride we call life, thank you for inspiring me to be a better person everytime i read your space, and thank you for your mom teaching the girls to speak/write english.

but where the fuck is the back story on the masters?

can't wait to see you.

love to all-be well-deirdre

10:43 PM  

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