Ontario man charged with animal cruelty after allegedly taking photo holding duck by neck

File photo of a Barrie police cruiser.
File photo of a Barrie police cruiser. Barrie Police Service / Facebook

BARRIE, Ont. – A 34-year-old Barrie, Ont., man faces an animal cruelty charge after police allege he grabbed a duck by its neck and snapped a photograph with it.

Barrie police say marine officers spotted suspicious behaviour by two men while on patrol near Johnson’s Beach around 5 p.m. Sunday.

They say officers found two men allegedly drinking alcohol while one held a duck by its throat for a photograph.

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Police allege one man gave a fake name before giving his real name, and turned out to be wanted on multiple warrants in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The man was charged with cruelty to animals, obstructing a police officer and failure to comply with recognizance.

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Police say the duck wasn’t hurt in the incident.