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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has been charged with animal cruelty after police found a goat and some chickens in the trunk of his car.

State police say 36-year-old Ernesto Rodriguez was arrested on Monday after witnesses videotaped him putting the goat into his trunk after purchasing the animal at the Middlesex Livestock auction.

Police used a license-plate number supplied by witnesses to track Rodriguez to his home in East Hartford, where they say they found the animals still in the car's trunk.

Rodriguez is due in court on Oct. 18. Attempts to reach him Wednesday were not successful. It was not clear if he has hired a lawyer, and he does not have a listed telephone number.

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