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Punta Gorda family's pet ducks stolen from backyard

Posted at 10:29 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 22:30:29-05

A Port Charlotte family said their pet ducks were stolen out of their coop in their backyard on Thanksgiving Day.

Chelsea Maslanka said she and her family were celebrating Thanksgiving and when they got home around 5 o'clock, their ducks were missing from their coop.

"Our ducks were gone," Maslanka said.

"Both of them. Just the ducks. Nothing else."

Her family's chickens and goats were left behind.

Maslanka said there were no signs of struggle or traces of the ducks left in the coop or surrounding their home.

Their coop latches shut and can only be opened by unhooking the latch.

"It's not going anywhere," Maslanka said.

She said her husband had just built the coop within the last couple months to for their 6-month-old daughter to grow to enjoy.

Maslanka said Donald and Daisy, like the rest of their animals, are part of the family.

"They had personality. It's not just a bird. It's not just a farm animal," she said. "It's unfortunate because I want to teach her about all of this, but now I have to teach her that life is kind of crappy and sometimes your ducks get stolen."

Maslanka said she's worried Donald and Daisy have become someone's meal.

"Unfortunately, duck is a delicacy," Maslanka said.

Maslanka is warning others with coops to keep them locked so no one else has to go through their heartbreak.

"She'll be walking soon and I was looking forward to seeing all three of them waddling together," she said.

She and her husband have installed surveillance cameras in case someone does this again. She's hoping whoever took the ducks will drop them back off at her home.

Maslanka said if anyone knows of a duck needing a home, she'd be happy to take them in.