My normal drive to work and to most places in town from my home takes me down Frontenac’s Hugh Street past the back side of Sunset Manor.

My normal drive to work and to most places in town from my home takes me down Frontenac’s Hugh Street past the back side of Sunset Manor.
The Knaup family has worked hard to make the area around their facility appealing, not only for their residents, but also to those passing by.
Around this time of the year, I, like many other Hugh-Street drivers, enjoy watching a family of ducks swimming around the small pond. My personal measurement of “a lot of rain” is when the ditch between the street and the pond fills enough for the birds to take to it, rather than the pond.
A trip into Pittsburg Saturday morning left me, and surely others who drove the busy street going to and from city-wide garage sales, appalled. A careless driver had taken the life of one of the beautiful birds, a mallard, I and many others have enjoyed watching.
It couldn’t have been “an accident” as the carcass was obviously targeted, judging from what was left of the body and where it was left on the very edge of the side of the road.
All too often we hear of crimes against animals. Anyone who has been in the area for even a short period of time can recall a story of slain ducks or geese at Lakeside Park. Every couple months, it seems we hear a story of a family pet needlessly killed, or a stray found killed by someone looking of something to do.
In the last year, the state of Kansas has made the punishment for crimes against animals tougher. However, there is little that can be done when a wild animal is mowed down on the street.
Yes, there are accidents that can not be avoided, most drivers can attest to that, but gunning down an animal — especially in residential area where it is enjoyed by many — is another story. It’s just wrong.