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Peacock in its pen killed with hunting arrow

Jan. 10, 2006

By John Grant Emeigh / Post-Tribune staff writer

VALPARAISO — A pet peacock was found shot to death by an arrow Saturday afternoon.

Bonnie Swarner called Porter County police after she found her peacock dead in its pen about 2:15 p.m. A hunting arrow was next to it.

The peacock stayed on her 20-acre property in the 600 block of North Long Lake Road in Center Township. Police said the bird was found dead inside a fenced enclosure and was shot with an Easton XX75 2315 hunting arrow. Swarner said her children were involved in 4-H and they raise many animals, including the peacock, on that property.

Though hunters sometimes trespass on her property, she said she’s never had one kill one of her animals.

She said she was upset someone would kill her pet peacock and she hopes police catch whoever is responsible. “That’s really deviant behavior,” Swarner said.

Police took the arrow in as evidence, but have no suspects.

Swarner is past president of the Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehab Center, an organization that provides refuge and rehabilitation for animals in Washington Township.

Contact John Emeigh at 477-6012 or jemeigh@post-trib.com

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