Roberto Celedon, the backyard butcher of Southern California, has finally started his prison sentence.
After months of investigating and building a case against him, the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control and the District Attorney were able to land him behind bars.
He pleaded no contest to felony charges relating to animal cruelty and selling illegal meat to the public.
The president of The Gentle Barn, the animal sanctuary who rescued dozens of animals from the butcher, said:
"This is yet another example of the kind of inhumane and illegal mistreatment that farm animals are subjected to as a result of backyard butchers across the country. We need to put a stop to this practice and appreciate all the hard work of our volunteers, staff, LA District Attorney, LA County Animal Control Major Case Unit and our loyal donors who have given us the funds we desperately need to care and make these animals well."
Celedon was butchering animals in an inhumane and cruel manner and selling the possibly contaminated meat to the public.
Other than paying a $4,000 fine and spending 90 days in jail with 5 years probation, he also can never own or possess an animal, or work in any industry that has to do with animals, slaughtering or butchering.
We're glad this man won't be mistreating poor, helpless animals anymore!
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