Michelle Conti, 32, told cops she drove the car toward a flock of birds belonging to her neighbors and then put the cigarette in the beak, according to a criminal complaint. "I was being a jerk. That’s not a crime,” she allegedly told cops.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 1:39 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014, 7:22 AM
Michelle Conti told cops she ran over one of her neighbors' hens and then put a cigarette in its beak, cops said.
A Staten Island woman intentionally ran over a neighbor’s hen and then stuck a cigarette in its beak, cops said Thursday.
Michelle Conti, 32, was charged with criminal mischief and torturing an animal for the bizarre Sunday incident — but allegedly told cops she didn’t think she’d broken any laws.
Conti said her elderly neighbors own more than 15 hens, and the birds are making her “crazy.”
“I drove the car toward the flock of birds hitting one of the birds,” she told cops, according to a criminal complaint.
“I later came back, kicked the bird and put a cigarette in its mouth. I was being a jerk. That’s not a crime,” she insisted.