NJ man who killed parrot enters PTI program

The News Leader

August 3, 2010 3:55:26 AM PDT
An animal cruelty charge could be dismissed against a New Jersey man who killed his family's parrot for squawking while he tried to watch NASCAR on TV.

Dennis Zeglin has been admitted into the Pretrial Intervention program for first-time offenders.

The charge will be dismissed and the 67-year-old will not have a record if the Randolph resident successfully serves three years on probation.

Zeglin also must complete 100 hours of community service with a humane center.

Zeglin's lawyer has said his client was intoxicated when he shot "Mikey" with a pellet gun in 2009 because the 20-year-old African Grey parrot distracted him while he watched the race.

Zeglin declined comment.