SHELTON, Conn. (AP) _ A man charged with cruelty to animals found a severed pig's head outside his home, complete with a warning note and components made to resemble a bomb.

Fred Monahan called police after discovering the head on a stone wall outside his home Tuesday. A road flare was sticking out of the pig's mouth and a small silver box and two wires were attached to the head, police Lt. Joel Hurliman said.

``It was made to look like a bomb and whoever left it, left a note that said: The next time you threaten me, this will be you,'' Hurliman said.

Monahan was granted probation Jan. 27 after police charged him with cruelty to animals; charges against him could be dropped if he completes a probation program.

Police said Monahan admitted to trying elastic bands around the testicles of his dog to castrate it. He said he had used a similar method on calves and did not know it would hurt the dog, a mixed English pointer.

Hurliman said the pig's head could have been left in response to the rubber band incident, but police had not linked the two incidents.