08/05/14: Carlisle, MA: Pictured are chickens outside the coop on the property at 718 Lowell Street in Carlisle. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) section: metro topic: 06chickens(2)
Chickens outside a coop on Lowell Street in Carlisle.
Jim Davis/Globe Staff

A veteran of the Carlisle Fire Department is facing 11 counts of malicious killing of a domestic animal over allegations he killed 11 of his neighbor’s chickens with poison, The Boston Globe reports.

“I know it sounds crazy, but I got to a point where I thought the bird was mocking me,” [Frank Sargent] said as he fessed up to throwing rat poison pellets into his neighbor’s backyard coop and dousing the chickens with hornet spray, according to a report from the Carlisle police.

“I couldn’t sleep,” he told police. “I couldn’t take it anymore.”

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A rooster and ten other chickens eventually died. According to the report, Sargent confessed after initially telling police he wouldn’t harm the chickens because he belongs to the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.