Sunday, 18 August 2013

Two California men arrested for rat and reptile cruelty (Video) – via Herp Digest

By: Sonia Lavina, Examiner, 7/23/13

Two men have been charged with 106 counts of felony animal cruelty for the way they treated nearly 20,000 rats and reptiles at a breeding center in Lake Elsinore, California according to Fox News on July 23.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called it the largest-ever seizure of animals in California.

Global Captive Breeders bred animals for the exotic pet trade. Owner Mitch Behm and company manager David Delgado were arrested Friday.

In addition to the 106 cruelty counts, Delgado was charged with 11 counts of alleged direct torture or killing of rodents.

Behm was released on $50,000 bail Saturday. Delgado is still in custody.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) initiated the investigation after sending an undercover operative to work at the breeding facility.

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