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Friday, Dec 6, 2013County: Fairfield
Alleged: Jesse Sheldon
A Wilton man, charged with starving multiple pet chickens and ducks to death, has applied for accelerated rehabilitation.
Jesse Sheldon, 31, was found to be ineligible for accelerated rehabilitation, but Judge William Wenzel left the door open to granting the diversionary program, should Sheldon's attorney William Westcott work out technical issues pertaining to the clarification of Sheldon's criminal history.
Sheldon returns to court on Feb. 28. He faces 15 counts of animal cruelty.
Sheldon was arrested Dec. 6, 2013, after Wilton Police were called to a Chestnut Hill Road home for a domestic dispute.
Police said Sheldon and his 30-year-old wife, who lived at the residence, had been in a verbal argument.
According to police, the wife told investigators that Sheldon had intentionally not fed 15 birds kept in a coop outside their home, adding that the birds, consisting of chickens and ducks, starved to death.
Police said the wife told officers it was Sheldon's responsibility to feed the birds because it was her job to take care of their children and other animals in the home.
During their argument, Sheldon told his wife that he was not feeding or giving water to the birds, police said.
Sheldon said that he did not want the responsibility of taking care of the birds, as he felt the family had too many pets already, according to police.
Police said that over the course of the past several weeks, the wife asked if Sheldon was feeding the birds, and he said he was.
His wife eventually found the birds dead, thinking they died from a disease, police said.
The carcasses of eight dead chickens and one duck were still present on the property, and were documented by officers, police said.
The others carcasses were disposed of in a nearby woods by Sheldon, police said.
- The Hour - Feb 15, 2014
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