Man arrested for killing chickens with a machete

Cage-free chickens walk in a fenced pasture on the Francis Blake organic farm, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, near Waukon, Iowa. Blake gathers an average of 2,500 dozen eggs a week from his flock of 5,000 cage-free hens. An increasing customer demand for more eggs from chickens free from cages has left U.S. egg farmers with the question of whether to spend millions of dollars to convert or build cage-free barns. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – A man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after killing or mutilating 32 chickens with a machete.

News outlets report that Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 26-year-old Julio Cesar Rodriguez on Tuesday.

Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Stephen Young says the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute when Rodriguez got angry after a woman told him to leave the residence. He later went outside and began hitting the chickens with a machete.

Rodriguez has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and was being held in the Limestone County Jail on $2,500 bail. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

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