The swan had been recovering at a wildlife rescue center in Hampton Bays after being recovered near Indian Island County Park. When it was found, the swan could barely walk and SPCA officials didn't think it would make it. Yesterday, officials carried the now-healthy swan in a plastic tub back to the golf course where it was found in Riverhead.
"This is a good day for an animal that has been tortured, tormented and abused," said Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross. “We’re so happy today to be able to go there and see the release of the swan back into the wild where it belongs...As soon as it saw the water, it just looked at that water like, 'I’m home.'"
The box turtle that was found in Smithtown with a nail driven through its shell at around the same time as the swan is also expected to make a full recovery, officials said. The Suffolk SPCA is offering a $14,750 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for shooting the swan. Anyone with information should call the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722.