All the defendants appeared briefly in Derby Superior Court on Monday, and their cases were continued to Sept. 1. Their lawyers are seeking accelerated rehabilitation, a probation program for first-time offenders.
The 19 men from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey also waived their right to ownership of the 150 birds seized from a house in Shelton on July 26, and the state Department of Agriculture took custody of the birds. Most of the birds are saffron finches, and a few are canaries.
The defendants, all natives of Brazil, are charged with cruelty to animals and gambling.