Man accused of slaying about 13 chickens in neighbor's coop northwest of Fort Collins

1:40 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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LaPORTE - A LaPorte man accused of entering a neighbor's chicken coop and killing birds including "baby chicks" with a shovel faces 13 charges of animal cruelty, according to Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

Jeremy Pete Manzanares, 32, was initially taken to a Fort Collins hospital with suspected mental health issues; he was arrested there after suspicions turned to methamphetamines.

"Some of the animals were still alive, but their necks were broken," said John Schulz with Larimer County Sheriff's Office. "Some of them were dead. A number were running around."

He said "even baby chicks" were among the dead. Deputies reported to the scene Tuesday morning at a residence on the 3000 block of Stoney Ridge Road after Manzanares' wife called to report a "possibly psychotic episode, acting strange, very paranoid, talking about God, etcetera," Schulz said.

Poudre Valley EMS radio traffic indicated emergency responders heard the suspect striking something from inside the coop, coming out briefly before going back inside. Schulz said Manzanares was "very uncooperative" but later complied with deputies.

The coop was "kind of demolished inside" leading to an additional charge of felony criminal mischief of $20,000 or more.

The animal cruelty charges are all misdemeanors, and Manzanares also faces a felony, second-degree burglary charge.

Manzanares remains in Larimer County Jail on $15,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear May 1 in 8th Judicial District Court.

Manzanares' criminal history includes a burglary case in Pueblo County in 2003 that resulted in him pleading guilty to first-degree trespassing and third-degree assault causing injury. He was also arrested there in 1998 on burglary charges that were also pleaded down to first-degree trespassing, according to state court records.

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