To the editor:

Why all the circumlocutions about the beating and killing of the duck? Anyone with such a propensity is learning it is no big deal. It is plain old cruelty. The statutes should recognize this for what it is. 

Strangling out of compassion? It takes a stretch for me to see that. A vet could have assessed and made a humane decision. 

If charges were brought, the courts allow for charges to be filed — no permanent record if not violated — but at least the public and any future police encounters would be aware. Many worse crimes often follow animal cruelty.

Judy Furness

Wolfeboro

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