ANIMAL-WELFARE agents and police rescued 25 live ducks left in a hot van Tuesday evening after a passer-by heard panting inside the vehicle and alerted authorities.
Officials believe the ducks had been inside crates in the van, which was parked on Hamilton Street near 10th, in North Philadelphia, for more than a day with no food or water, Pennsylvania SPCA spokeswoman Sarah Eremus said.
As one of their more famous, fictional brethren, Daffy Duck, might say: "That's despicable!"
The driver of the van, Wan Wah Chuen, 46, was charged with animal cruelty. He is employed by the Q & Q Live Poultry Market on Spring Garden Street near 12th, Eremus said.