Police: Drunken man fed children's parakeet to his pit bull

03/06/2014 9:13 AM

08/08/2014 10:03 AM

Wichita officers arrested a man after he allegedly took a family's pet parakeet and — in front of children — broke its wing and fed it to a pit bull, police said Wednesday.

The man, who was being held in the Sedgwick County jail on a $10,000 bond on suspicion of animal cruelty, is already facing trial on a felony DUI charge, court records show.

The incident involving the parakeet was reported at about 10 p.m. Tuesday in the 3100 block of South Davidson, near 31st Street South and the Kansas Turnpike.

Police Lt. Doug Nolte gave this account:

A 30-year-old man reportedly came home drunk and got into an argument with a 32-year-old woman, prompting her to call 911.

The call apparently provoked the man, who took the parakeet, broke its wing and fed it to a pit bull, Nolte said.

The bird was a pet of the woman's children, according to a separate police report.

Four people saw the bird being fed to the dog, the report said.

The four children in the home are ages 10 to 14, and some of them saw the incident, he said.

The man faces trial next month on several traffic charges. The most serious of the charges is a felony charge of DUI that says he has been convicted of DUI two or more times in the past.

The latest DUI charge accuses him of driving under the influence on Dec. 20, 2009. He has two previous DUI convictions, one in September 2004 and the other in October 2007, Sedgwick County District Court records show.

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