If you read the paper this morning, you probably saw the story about the horrible deaths of 186 migratory swallows living in a boat dock on Lake Hefner. Someone knocked down the nests holding the baby mud swallows, which are protected under the federal migratory bird act. They’re bodies were smashed. One tiny bird, shown here, survived.
Police say they have an idea of who did it. Good. I hope they have an idea of how important their investigation is. Whenever there’s a high-profile animal cruelty case, police and prosecutors have an obligation to do their best to punish criminals for their crimes. Animal cruelty cases aren’t always the top priority. Understandably, there are other things to deal with – murder, robbery, assault. But when the community’s eyes are focused even for a minute on an animal cruelty case, law enforcement must show that harming creatures of any species is not acceptable.
- Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll