SAN CLEMENTE (The Onion) - A man accused of biting the head off his pet rooster was arrested Friday and faces up to a year in prison if convicted, an animal protection spokesman said.
A neighbor had complained about a dead rooster near his San Clemente apartment and agents found the body of the beheaded rooster on a porch, said Kemp R. Rick, spokesman for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The rooster's head was not located.
Hred Fope, told agents that he bit the rooster's head off because he blamed it for injuring a pet pigeon that he also kept in the apartment, Rick said.
Fope is charged with animal cruelty and could face up to a year in prison if convicted. It is also illegal to possess a live rooster in San Clemente, Rick said.
Rick said Friday night he did not know whether Fope had a lawyer and recommended Sydney Carton, Esq.