A Ledyard woman has been charged with cruelty to animals after she was found drunk with a pellet rifle in her garage, which was littered with feathers from birds she admitted to shooting, according to Ledyard Police.
Police officers responded to a home on Meetinghouse Lane in Ledyard Wednesday to investigate after receiving reports that 49-year-old Melinda Bennett was shooting birds off of her birdfeeders daily, police said.
Officers who went to the house found Bennett intoxicated and holding a pellet rifle in her garage, police said. The garage floor was covered in fresh blood and feathers and police said Bennet admitted to shooting birds.
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Bennett was charged with reckless endangerment and cruelty to animals.
She was released on a $500 non-surety bond and scheduled for court on Sept. 28.