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Dead ducks are being found at Meriden park

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Hubbard Park is a popular spot to feed ducks in Meriden. (WFSB) Hubbard Park is a popular spot to feed ducks in Meriden. (WFSB)
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Ducks are dying at a popular park in Meriden, and now a group of animal advocates are trying to figure out why.

Hubbard Park is best known for their Daffodil Festival, and it is a busy park for families having picnics and feeding the ducks.

“It attracts so many people and it does smell a lot and there are dead fish and dead ducks in the pond. It's unfortunate,” said Sarah Bell, of Wallingford.

On Wednesday, there were a few dead ducks found in the park’s pond.

Animal expert and Meriden resident Heather Sullivan has been bringing the ducks to a lab to get them tested.

“I think there are toxins in the water and the town needs to drain it out, clean up the bottom and these ducks, geese and swans are staying here because we are feeding them,” Sullivan said.

Their waste is in the pond, which Sullivan said is making the ducks sick, eventually killing them.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said they are aware of the problem and plan to test the ducks to see what’s happening to them.

Within the past few months, Sullivan said she has picked up at least 13 dead ducks.

She said she hopes this can get resolved since the park is a favorite for many people.

“Especially when Hubbard Park is the main attraction to Meriden and you're trying to get people here,” she said.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department did not return calls made by Eyewitness News.

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