A man from Canyon Country, California, has been sentenced again for animal cruelty. Roberto Celedon, 27, has become known as the backyard butcher because he operates as an illegal butcher. This is Celedon’s second offense for illegal butchering.
Acting on a credible tip, Department of Animal Care and Control together with the officers of Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station investigated the tip and booked Celedon back on August 30 on a new felony animal cruelty charge as well as probation violation.
Celedon allegedly broke the terms of his plea deal in 2012 on a prior animal cruelty charge. He was not permitted to own and purchase any animals, but that is exactly what he was doing. The officials even found a slaughtered animal at Celedon’s home.
Officials expended an intense investigation into Celendon’s new case. Los Angeles Animal Control served Celendon with a search warrant and over two dozen animals were rescued from his property. The complete total of animals ultimately removed was 50 animals, according to the spokesperson, Evelina Villa, for Animal Control.
The impounded animals were noted to be starved and abused. Animal control officers said their condition was some of the worst they’d ever encountered. Most of the goats, sheep, cows and one horse were absorbed into a rescue group, The Gentle Barn, Sierra Highway, where they are rehabilitating.
Celedon also had other animals that ranged from dogs to fowl, These animals are being cared for now at the Castaic Animal Shelter.
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