18,400 Rodents and 600 Reptiles Put Down After Activists Force Inspection of OC Exotic Pet Company's Filthy Breeding Facility


The discovery drew the attention of PETA's national president, Ingrid E. Newkirk, who remarked, "GCB was a reeking hellhole for the rats, snakes, and other animals who were left to starve, drown, and die among the rotting corpses of other animals. The individuals responsible for this staggering cruelty must be prosecuted and banned from laying their hands on another animal."
 
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A weak and lethargic rat hangs on.
According to her organization, PETA first encountered Behm in the mid-'80s, when as a college student he videotaped himself throwing rats, mice and rabbits into a bathtub with ferrets that attacked and killed them. Behm, who could not be prosecuted because the statute of limitations had expired by the time law enforcement received the video, is said by PETA to have admitted conducting unapproved "experiments" in part for his own "enjoyment."

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gor117
gor117

This is so sad and sick and a black mark on the pet industry in general.

I always gave my reptiles the best living conditions possible and would never sell a sick or non feeding animal.

thatwasmyeviltwin
thatwasmyeviltwin

This is so fucked up. Why has this monster not been arrested? Furthermore, they should assess a huge fine and implement an injunction against owning, selling and otherwise dealing with animals for the rest of his life.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

This is very sad.  I don't understand people who buy from pet stores though.  I would only get a pet through a shelter or rescue personally.  Good call on putting them to sleep though, at least they don't have to suffer anymore and hopefully the owners of this place get charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

Pamela Waitt
Pamela Waitt

All of the people involved in this are scum of the earth! Karma is inevitable, Mr. Mitch Behm. Cruelty of any kind earns a special place in hell.

Staci Williams
Staci Williams

How awful for those animals! The people responsible should never be around animals again and should get jail time!

949girl
949girl topcommenter

I just read the second page and he can't be charged due to statute of limitations...well I hope this POS reeps his karma soon!!

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@949girl No, the statute of limitations was for what he apparently did, as reflected in the video from his college years. The Lake Elsinore case is supposedly still open.

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