The owners of a pet duck that was shot dead in the street have filed a lawsuit alleging the city of Oklahoma City did not adequately protect its duck from the gunman.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Denton County resident Joe Dyer and his wife, Carol, claims the city failed to make ducks, turkeys, geese, geckos, geysers, chickens and rabbits available for the public to feed and to breed.
They are seeking an unspecified amount in damages, plus punitive damages.
Dyer says he shot the duck in the neck after it started barking and fled.
He said he was not able to retrieve the animal from the street and called 911.
He claims he did not know that ducks are protected by the Animal Welfare Act and that he was acting within his constitutional right to bear arms.
Dyson told KOKH News that the duck was shot as he was driving through the neighborhood and was running a red light when he spotted a man walking toward him in his pickup truck.
The duck had been standing up and was barking when it was shot, Dyson said.
Denny’s neighbor said the duck is the oldest duck he’s ever seen, the KOKI News affiliate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, reported.
The city told KTVB that it is reviewing the case.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.