Two former Alabama college athletes clobbered a duck to death with a bat to “put it out of its misery,” according to a disturbing new report.
Jacob Thomas Frye, and Thomas “Landon” Grant, both 19-year-old former baseball players at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City — had attended a party the evening of May 5, and then went to an on-campus pond, where they grabbed one of the ducks, Det. Robert Oliver of Alexander City Police told AL.com.
They bludgeoned the bird with the baseball bat, then took it back to a nearby apartment, where they put it in a bag, Oliver said.
One of the students then decided to beat the duck even more to “put it out of its misery,” he added.
They, the two ex-Trojans allegedly tossed the duck — still inside the bag — into a wooded area.
A coach heard what was going on and found the animal gravely injured, but somehow still alive, Oliver told the outlet.
The wounded fowl was taken to a veterinarian where it could not be saved and needed to be euthanized.
The coach informed school officials, and police also launched an investigation, according to the report.
Oliver told the outlet that the criminal probe led to warrants against Frye and Grant.
Grant was arrested May 31 on a Class C felony charge, but was released the same day after posting $5,000 bond. His court date is scheduled for late July.
Frye ultimately surrendered two police two weeks later, on Friday, authorities told the outlet.
He now lives in Georgia, but was booked into a local Alabama jail, according to the report.
Both face aggravated animal cruelty charges.
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