Authorities in North Carolina say a farm worker is facing felony animal cruelty charges for "maliciously" killing four chickens.

The Daily Journal of Richmond County reports (http://bit.ly/1XZEig0) that officials say 22-year-old Danny Cajija Miranda killed two chickens by grinding his heel on their heads and whipping one round by its neck. According to warrants, he killed a third chicken by hitting it in the head with a hammer and a fourth by throwing it against a wall.

Miranda works for a farm that grows chickens for Perdue Farms.

Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals filed a report with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. An investigation began.

Miranda is being held on a $10,000 bond. It's not known whether he has an attorney to contact for comment on the case.

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Information from: Richmond County Daily Journal, http://yourdailyjournal.com