Jacksonville Man Accused Of Kicking Swans For ‘Karate Practice’

A man from Jacksonville, Florida, has been accused of kicking swans in order to practice his karate.

Numerous people claim they saw Joseph Mantella, 34, kicking swans at a park in Orlando.

Witnesses said the kicks were “strong enough to knock the swans over,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. One witness said he kicked a swan in the backside “as hard as possible” and even kicked a sleeping baby duck.

Mantella apparently had little remorse for his behavior, too. According to an arrest report, the 34-year-old laughed when he saw the witness’s reaction to the animal cruelty.

Police arrested Mantella and are now holding him on $1,000 bail. Officers were unable to find any of the injured animals.



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