A Boston-area firefighter has been put on administrative leave after he was arrested for allegedly poisoning and killing 11 of his neighbor's chickens because they were noisy.
Police told The Lowell Sun that Frank Sargent, 66, of Carlisle fed the chickens in his neighbor’s backyard coop food pellets laced with rat poison between April and July.
The Carlisle firefighter initially denied the allegations, according to a police report, but later admitted to poisoning the chickens because they were keeping him and his family up at night.
"I couldn't sleep. I couldn't take it anymore," Sargent was quoted in the police report. "..I mixed mouse poison with bird seed and... brought it over in a bucket and just threw it in (the chicken coop)."
Sargent had contacted town officials and police several times to complain about the noise, according to the report. He wascharged on Wednesday with 11 counts of malicious killing of a domestic animal.