- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Great Falls man accused of breaking the leg of a macaw and punching and choking the bird on Thanksgiving has been convicted of felony animal cruelty.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/CQqol8 ) David Alton Boyken was found guilty Friday after a one-day trial in which prosecutors described how the man pulled out the bird’s flight feathers and broke her leg so severely it had to be amputated.

According to court documents, Boyken told officers that the bird bit him, but he also said the bird was attacked by his daughter’s small dogs. Police say Boyken was highly intoxicated.

Boyken has a previous conviction for misdemeanor animal cruelty for cutting a dog’s throat, making the latest charge a felony.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, https://www.greatfallstribune.com

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