Ernesto Rodriguez Charged With Animal Cruelty

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Connecticut man has been charged with animal cruelty, after police found a goat and some chickens in the trunk of his car.

Ernesto Rodriguez, 36, was arrested at his home in East Hartford Monday, after witnesses videotaped him putting the goat into his trunk after purchasing the animal at the Middlesex Livestock auction.

Police used a license-plate number supplied by witnesses to track Rodriguez to his home, where they say they found the animals still in the car’s trunk.

Rodriguez is due in court on Oct. 18. Attempts to reach him Wednesday were not successful.

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