Man allegedly ripped the head off a domesticated duck
A Denver businessman was charged for allegedly ripping the head off a duck while staying in a St. Paul hotel last Saturday, according to reports in both the Star Tribune and WCCO.
Scott D. Clark, 26, was charged Monday with felony animal cruelty after making his first court appearance. Bail was posted and he was released Monday afternoon. This charge is punishable by up to two years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
The incident happened early Saturday inside the Embassy Suites hotel downtown St. Paul. Onlookers say that Clark cornered the duck, grabbed it and ripped its head off, telling them he was hungry. He was allegedly drunk.
When police tried to arrest Clark, he became belligerent, saying that he was a federal employee and would have their jobs. He asked officers if he was in trouble and after hearing "yes," Clark said, "Why, because I killed it out of season? Big deal, it's just a [expletive] duck."
But these ducks have been a member of the Embassy Suites' family for many years. Seven or eight ducks swim in the ponds and wander the walkways of the lobby for guests to enjoy. Rosco Larson, general manager of the Embassy Suites, said Monday, "... we are deeply saddened by this incident."