Robert Celedon of Tick Canyon, was sentenced to three years in the county jail on Friday after violating his probation conditions for felony animal cruelty and for a felony animal cruelty charge in a plea bargain with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office according to the Santa Clarita News.
Called the "backyard butcher," after an undercover investigation of his Canyon County property in 2012 by Mercy for Animals, an animal advocacy group, egregious abuse and starvation of more than 50 animals were uncovered. Celedon was arrested again on August 30, 2013 for a probation violation where authorities allegedly found a slaughtered animal.
In the 2012 sentencing, Celedon was sentenced to 90 days in jail, five years probation, $24,000 in fines, penalties, and retribution, and ordered to complete 48 animal cruelty classes. He was also banned from owning, possessing, or having anything to do with animals for the term of his probation.
The rescued animals were taken in by the Gentle Barn; among the farm animals seized and transferred to the rescue were goats, sheep, cows, and a horse. Dogs, cats, and birds were sent to the Castaic Animal Shelter.
"Not much hope for this monster," stated Matt Cohen, of Miami, Fla. "Less than a year later, the man is back to slaughtering animals. He just laughed in the face of prosecutors and the judge. They should throw him away in prison for the next 20 years. Who is going to hurt next?"
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