Police Say Man Was Kicking Swans In The Head At Florida Park


Police in Orlando arrested a 34-year-old man who they say was kicking swans in the head at a community park.

According to an arrest report, authorities were called Thursday to Lake Eola Park in Orlando -- a park known for its swans and swan-shaped paddle boats.

Witnesses told deputies they saw Rocco Joseph Mantella kicking swans "as hard as possible" as he appeared to practice karate.

The report says Mantella also kicked a duck.

One witness told investigators Mantella appeared to laugh when he saw her reaction.

Mantella was arrested Friday on a cruelty to animals charge. At last check he remained in the Orange County Jail. 


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