Couple Bros In Long Beach Arrested For Animal Cruelty On Snakes, Rats, And Other Reptiles…And They Did What Wrong?

Posted: July 22, 2013 in Random Thought

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men have been charged with more than 100 counts each of felony animal cruelty for the way they treated many of the 20,000 rats and reptiles found dead, dying or diseased at a breeding center in Lake Elsinore, authorities said Monday. During a December raid, a team of veterinarians determined that all of the animals still alive at Global Captive Breeders had to be euthanized because they were suffering. The company was a wholesale distributor of exotic snakes, other reptiles and rodents. The Riverside County district attorney filed the case Friday and a judge issued warrants for owner Mitchell Steven Behm, 54, and company manager David Delgado, also known as Jose Magana, 29. Behm was arrested at his home in Coto de Casa and Delgado was arrested Rialto. A message left for Behm’s attorney was not immediately returned. An attorney for Delgado could not be located. Behm and Delgado are each charged with 106 counts of animal cruelty, said district attorney’s spokesman John Hall. Behm was released on $50,000 bail Saturday. Delgado was still in custody Monday. His bail was also $50,000, although he was charged with 11 added counts of direct torture or killing of rodents. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals initiated the investigation after sending an undercover operative to work at the breeding facility for two months.

Uhh does anyone have a problem with letting these dudes walk? Look, if you’re treating normal animals wrong, that’s one thing. But if you’re killing rats and snakes and other reptiles, I kind of sort of definitely don’t have any problem with you at all. People who own snakes and rats as pets are certifiably insane to begin with. Own a fucking dog or cat or even a rabbit if you want to get weird. But the second you start throwing out the idea of owning a snake, I’m going to change my phone number and address because you’ll probably show up at my house to ax murder me in the near future. Does your snake cuddle up with you at night in your bed when you go to sleep? Fuck no. The snake is slithering around your neck trying to choke the life out of you. And rats? Who the fuck needs rats? There’s only been one cool rat in the history of rats and that’s Splinter. All others can die a painful death in my opinion.

PS – I know it wasn’t mentioned in this story but if you own a tarantula for a pet, please buy a gun with two bullets. Load it, point the gun at the tarantula at point blank range and squeeze the trigger once. Then do the same thing to yourself because you are a sick and twisted human being to want to be within 100 yards of a tarantula. My all time biggest fear, stemming from Home Alone.

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