Roberto Celedon, a man who first plead guilty to felony cruelty to animals in 2012 as a result of undercover video footage obtained by Mercy For Animals, was once again convicted of animal cruelty. Just yesterday, he plead "no contest" to a charge of felony cruelty to animals and was sentenced to three years in state prison.
A resident of Los Angeles county, Celedon was documented operating an illegal slaughter operation. The shocking hidden-camera video footage shows animals being violently pinned down, having their throats crudely sawed open, and slowly bleeding to death. Following MFA's release of this investigation, Celedon was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years probation, and was ordered to pay over $24,000 and complete 48 animal cruelty classes. He was also prohibited from owning, possessing, maintaining or harboring any animals, operating a meat-producing facility, attending auctions where animals are sold, and selling any meat products.
Watch the undercover video footage that led to the first arrest here:
Last month, Celedon was once again arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. The most recent arrest stemmed from a tip provided to law enforcement officials that Celedon was still slaughtering animals in direct violation of terms of his probation. A slaughtered animal was allegedly found at his home.
Mercy For Animals applauds Los Angeles County law enforcement, animal care and control, and Superior Court Judge Michael O'Gara for their swift and effective action in holding Celedon accountable for his sadistic animal cruelty.
Unfortunately, farmed animals in California and across the country continue to suffer staggering cruelty at the hands of the meat, egg, and dairy industries.
While MFA works to expose and end cruelty to animals in the agricultural industry, the most effective way to ensure that the needless cruelty inflicted upon these social and intelligent creatures is to adopt a healthy and humane vegetarian diet.
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