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A New Jersey man has been accepted into a special probation program after killing his family’s pet. The “Asbury Park Press” is reporting that Dennis Zeglin must serve three years on probation to avoid animal cruelty charges for shooting his pet bird. The 67-year-old Randolph resident shot the animal in June of 2009 after the bird’s noises interrupted a NASCAR race he was watching. Zeglin’s wife heard the shots, and called police when she saw the dead African gray parrot. State Superior Court Judge Thomas V. Manahan has also ordered Zeglin to complete 100 hours of community service with an organization that helps animals, attend alcohol counseling, and pay one-thousand dollars.

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