updated 8/1/2006 2:38:38 PM ET 2006-08-01T18:38:38

A man accused of biting the head off his pet rooster was arrested by animal protection agents Friday.

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Humberto Rodriguez, 52, was arrested by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after a neighbor complained late last month about a dead rooster near his apartment in Manhattan.

Responders found the body of the beheaded rooster on Rodriguez's fire escape, ASPCA spokesman Joe Pentangelo said. The rooster's head, however, hasn't been located.

Pentangelo said Rodriguez told agents that he bit the rooster's head off because he blamed it for injuring a pet pigeon that he also kept in the apartment.

An examination also found that the rooster, which Rodriguez owned for six months, suffered from two broken wings, Pentangelo said.

Rodriguez is charged with animal cruelty and could face up to a year in prison if convicted. It is also illegal to possess a live rooster in New York City, Pentangelo said.

Pentangelo said Friday night he did not know if Rodriguez had obtained a lawyer.

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