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Wilton Police: Man Starved Pet Chickens, Ducks

Wilton resident Jesse Sheldon is facing 15 counts of cruelty to animals.
Wilton resident Jesse Sheldon is facing 15 counts of cruelty to animals. Photo Credit: Wilton Police

WILTON, Conn. — A 31-year-old Wilton man accused of letting a total of 15 pet chickens and ducks starve to death was arrested over the weekend and charged with cruelty to animals, police said.

Jesse Sheldon was arrested Friday night after police responded to his Chestnut Hill Road home on a reported domestic dispute, police say. The incident turned out to be a verbal argument between Sheldon and his wife, police said, and no charges were filed.

However, while at the home, police learned that Sheldon let the family’s 15 birds— ducks and chickens—  starve to death, according to police report.

“[Sheldon] admitted that he had stopped feeding the birds as he could no longer maintain the responsibility of caring for them,” Lt. Don Wakeman said.

Sheldon was charged with 15 counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, and released after posting $7,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear at Norwalk Superior Court on Dec. 16.

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