A Connecticut man is facing animal cruelty charges after he allegedly ripped the heads off of 20 chickens during a “jealous rage” on Christmas Day after viewing pictures of other people hanging out with his wife, police say.
Authorities in Milford said Gregory Ulrich, 28, also smashed the windows of cars with an ax while leaning out of a car driven by John Budnovitch, 21.
“Ulrich was highly intoxicated and was in a jealous rage,” Officer Michael DeVito told the Hartford Courant. “He banged [the chickens] on the ground to kill them and snapped the heads off.”
Both men were arrested Wednesday. Ulrich faces numerous charges, including 20 counts of cruelty to animals. Budnovitch was charged with conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals, among other charges. The pair posted bail and were set to appear in Milford Superior Court on Jan. 30.
DeVito said Ulrich had Budnovitch drive to the homes of people that sparked his anger and swung an ax at their car windows. The two allegedly engaged in the behavior after Ulrich left a bar early Christmas morning. (Read more from “Connecticut Man Ripped 20 Chickens’ Heads off During ‘Jealous Rage'” HERE)