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Man charged with mowing over baby ducks

Man charged with mowing over baby ducks
Mark Akers' mugshot.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A Clay County, Fla., employee was charged with animal cruelty after allegedly using his power mower to run over and kill a group of ducklings, officials said.

Mark Preston Akers, 29, of Middleburg, was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly chased a mother duck and a group of seven ducklings with his power mower, killing four of the baby ducks, the Jacksonville Times-Union reported.

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A witness told investigators Akers lowered his mowing attachment over the baby ducks and then "appeared to laugh and gave … the thumbs up."

Another witness said Akers later bragged about what had allegedly just happened.

"If the allegations are correct, it's very disturbing," said Stephanie Kopelousos, Clay County manager.

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