Two men from Milford, Connecticut, are facing charges after they allegedly ripped the heads off 20 chickens during a “jealous rage” on Christmas Day.
Authorities said Gregory Ulrich, 28, smashed the chickens’ heads before tearing them off, while the other man—John Budnovitch, 21—watched the brutal act, the Hartford Courant reported.
Ulrich was charged with 20 counts of animal cruelty among other charges and Budnovitch was charged with conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals. Bond for Ulrich was set at $15,000 and Budnovitch’s was set at $5,000.
Ulrich reportedly got jealous after he saw pictures of other people hanging out with his wife, according to Fox News.
“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.”
The Milford Police Department called the animal cruelty acts “gruesome” in a Thursday, Jan. 4 tweet.
Milford PD have arrested two local men in a gruesome animal cruelty investigation that occurred in the early morning hours on Christmas Day. The two men are accused of stealing and killing 20 chickens from two locations. Full press release later today.
— Milford CT PD (@MilfordCT_PD) January 4, 2018
Before the chicken incident, both men also smashed the windows of several motor vehicles in Devon and Milford, while Budnovitch, drove according to a press release. They were both arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 3.
Ulrich specifically made Budnovitch drive to the homes of people that angered him. At one point he leaned out of the car and swung an ax at their car windows— while Budnovitch was still driving, DeVito told the Hartford Courant.
Milford police said the men went to two different locations and stole the 20 chickens.
“What lowlifes! Can’t imagine how proud their parents & family members must be! Don’t deserve any sympathy or compassion whatsoever! How mass killers start out!” one person commented on the department’s Facebook page.
Police also checked on Ulrich’s wife to see if she was safe. They said there were no signs that Ulrich had been physically violent with her, or that he intended to hurt her later, the Hartford Courant reported.
Both men have had previous run-ins with police.
Back in May 2016, Ulrich was sentenced to six months in jail for: carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal possession of a weapon in a vehicle, first-degree reckless endangerment, breach of peace, and carrying a firearm while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Even earlier in 2010, he was fined for being in possession of fewer than four ounces of marijuana.
Budnovitch avoided a prison term last year after he was convicted of crimes ranging from larceny to engaging police in pursuit, according to the newspaper.