A suburban Lake Worth man, who could no longer take the early-morning crowing of his neighbor's roosters
, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly shooting the birds dead.
On Wednesday, a judge ordered 31-year-old Cedric Leonard Livingston
held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $12,000 bail. He is facing charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm in public and two counts of animal cruelty.
The owner of the roosters, Ubencelado Maldonado, reported that during the "early morning hours" of that day, his neighbor walked into their duplex's backyard and shot the two roosters
, according to the arrest report.
Maldonado then added that two weeks before
the April 9 shooting, Livingston killed two of his other roosters.
He said that during that incident, Livingston began pounding on Maldonado's door, "yelling about the roosters crowing." When Maldonado didn't answer because he was "scared," Livingston allegedly killed the birds with a hammer and then "cut their throats" as Maldonado and his family "watched in horror,"
the report said.
Fowl-less, Maldonado purchased two more.
But on April 9, Maldonado said he saw Livingston fire "approximately five shots from a chrome gun" at the new roosters.