Police Investigating Complaints Of Animals Killed With Darts In St. Clair Shores

June 12, 2019 - 1:39 pm

ST. CLAIR SHORES (WWJ) - Some St. Clair Shores neighbors are on edge as police investigate the case of a potential animal killer. 

Resident Angel Shenkosky says her husband found a dead robin in the driveway of their home on Frazho Road when he returned home from the store.

While it's not unusual to find a dead bird, this one had been pierced through with a metal dart.

"I was very disturbed, actually," she told WWJ's Sandra McNeill. "People keep saying kids do things or whatever, and you see things like BBs and that kind of stuff, but this great big old blow dart? I mean, I have a grandson that plays in this driveway every single day and my daughter plays outside and I have a dog in my backyard all the time, you know?"

"This was a big blow dart and really could've hurt somebody." [See a photo HERE. Note: Image may be disturbing to some people]

Shenkovsky said a second dart was found on the roof next door, and reports on social media say another resident found a rabbit killed by a dart.

St. Clair Shores police confirmed they are investigating several complaints about similar incidents, but have not released any details. 

While Shenkovsky said she has no idea who is doing this, she hopes the police involvement and publicity will put a stop to it.

"People have said that they have little contraptions that look like a crossbow that shoots these little darts, but the cop believed this was a regular blow dart," Shenkovsky said. "I don't know, but it seems like an awful lot to be able to puncture straight through the middle of a bird."

The robin, Michigan's state bird, is protected by federal law under the Migratory Treaty Act which prohibits killing the species. 

There have been no reports of dart injuries to people.