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UPDATE: ‘Backyard Butcher’ arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty

Roberto Celedon arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and abuse

Posted: September 3, 2013 12:10 p.m.
Updated: September 3, 2013 6:20 p.m.
Roberto Celedon photographed during a court appearance in June 2012. Signal photo by Dan Watson Roberto Celedon photographed during a court appearance in June 2012. Signal photo by Dan Watson
Roberto Celedon photographed during a court appearance in June 2012. Signal photo by Dan Watson

SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country man convicted of felony animal cruelty last year faces a similar charge following his arrest during Labor Day weekend, court records show, arrest records showed Tuesday.

Roberto Celedon, dubbed the “Backyard Butcher” in a 2012 case, was arrested Friday by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of having used a work animal with cruelty and abuse, a felony.

Also arrested at the same time, and living at the same Tick Canyon Road address, was 22-year-old Ramon Celedon. He’s being investigated on suspicion that he purchased, used or possessed body armor, also a felony.

Both men are scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Wednesday.

Roberto Celedon, 27, pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty on May 24, 2012. Celedon also pleaded guilty that day to having operated a meat-producing plant without a licence, a misdemeanor.

He was sentenced to 90 days in Los Angeles County jail and five years’ probation, as well as being ordered not to possess any animals for slaughter, not to operate a meat-producing facility, not to attend auctions where animals are sold and not to sell any meat products.

He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and submit to providing a DNA sample.

Celedon remains in custody at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station jail without bail.

The younger Celedon was freed on bail set at $100,000 a day after his arrest, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Information Center.

In the previous case, the District Attorney’s office filed a seven-page felony complaint against Roberto Celedon in March 2012.

Celedon was arrested a month later, accused of unlawfully slaughtering animals for sale over a six-month period. Twenty-nine emaciated farm animals were removed from his property.

In all, he faced 13 criminal charges in relation to the slaughter of farm animals and the sale of their meat.

Officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, acting on a second warrant issued in the case by the District Attorney’s office, took control of the animals found on Celedon’s property in April 2012.

The large animals identified in the complaint — a horse, five cattle, 14 goats and nine sheep — were put in the care of the Gentle Barn animal rescue nonprofit in Canyon Country.

Gentle Barn founder Jay Weiner told The Signal Tuesday that a handful of the larger animals, including a badly injured horse, remain in the care of the Gentle Barn and are doing well.

Smaller animals rescued, including pigeons and chickens, were turned over to the Castaic Animal Shelter.


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