The waterfowl lived in a pond at the carwash, the San Jose Mercury News reported Friday. Employees, customers and neighbors had treated the fowl almost like family.
Tapes from the Aug. 12 incident are too grainy for police to read the license plate of the suspect's car, the report said. But authorities hope the images of the incident they released Thursday would lead them to the suspect, who will likely be charged with animal cruelty. Felony animal cruelty is punishable by up to three years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Dozen of fowl survived the attack. One neighbor said most of them are descendants of Cheese and Quackers, a pair of ducks dropped off by a customer in 1972. "There have been ducks here ever since the day it opened,'' he told the Mercury News.