Two California men were arrested for alleged rat, reptile cruelty

MURRIETA, Calif. - Riverside County authorities say two men have been charged with 106 counts of felony animal cruelty for the way they treated rats and reptiles at a breeding center in Lake Elsinore.

The Riverside County district attorney filed the case Friday. Spokesman John Hall says Monday that Global Captive Breeders owner Mitch Behm and company manager David Delgado were arrested Friday.

In addition to the 106 cruelty counts, Delgado was charged with 11 counts of alleged direct torture or killing of rodents.

Behm was released on $50,000 bail Saturday. Delgado is still in custody.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals initiated the investigation after sending an undercover operative to work at the breeding facility.

A call to the defendants' attorney was not immediately returned.

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