Mitchell Steven Behm Cops to Animal Cruelty for Disgusting Snake and Rodent Facility

The owner of a Rancho Santa Margarita animal breeding business pleaded guilty to 12 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty over horrendous conditions found at his company facility in Lake Elsinore, where tens of thousands of dead or suffering snakes and rodents were seized in December 2012.

Global Captive Breeders owner Mitchell Steven Behm is expected to be sentenced April 15 to five years probation, during which he would be prohibited from entering any business venture related to animals.

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State Defends Killing Mountain Lion in OC for Threatening Family

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Not the dead mountain lion
State wildlife officials are defending a game warden having shot and killed a mountain lion Sunday afternoon in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Relocating the roughly 1-year-old, 60-pound male was not an option because the cougar had already shown itself to being a public threat and would likely have endangered humans wherever it was moved to, explained Dan Sforza, the assistant chief of enforcement with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, at a news conference Tuesday morning.

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An Open Letter to My Neighbors With Pet Dogs Barking All Night in Wake of Akita Sex Assaults

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Not the assaulted Akita!
Dear Neighbors With Pet Dogs Barking All Night,

I have never contacted you about the endless barking that you obviously have tuned out. But I implore you to start listening and investigating now that a family up the coast figured out why their 80-pound Akita kept yelping every night between last August and November.

It was the sex--with a 22-year-old man.

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Santa Ana Snake House Toll (So Far): 171 Alive, 255 Dead; Offers to Adopt Pythons Pour In

See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on the snake death toll rising even after pythons were removed from the home. Update No. 1 identified the homeowner.

ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 29, 8:52 A.M.: Santa Ana cops serving a search warrant on a house in the 2900 block of North Fernwood Drive this morning made a disturbing find: 300 to 400 pythons, some alive, some dead and some decaying, according to authorities.

Officers had been sent there because of neighborhood complaints about the stench and--oh yeah--they also found rats, mice and what was left of rodents used to feed the snakes.

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Ellen DeGeneres and Petco Foundation Give $100k to Center That Rescued Pit Bull Sammy

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The Pet Rescue Center in Mission Viejo winning a $100,000 grant partly funded by the Petco Foundation would earn a "good for them" from us but not necessarily a mention on this blog. However, in this instance, the other funder shone stars in our eyes as the mystery donor is none other than Ellen DeGeneres and her pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets.

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Navy Fires Back at Protectors of Whales Suing Over Sonar Testing Plans Off the Coast

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See the update at the end of this post with the U.S. Navy response.

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ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 23, 7 A.M.: Environmental and conservation activists filed a lawsuit in Hawai'i federal court recently that challenges the National Marine Fisheries Service's approval of a five-year plan by the U.S. Navy for testing and training activities off the Aloha State and Southern California.

It's the latest salvo in the long battle over naval sonar and underwater explosives that have been blamed for deaths and permanent injuries to whales, dolphins and other marine mammals.

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PETA "Santas" to Urge South Coast Plaza Christmas Eve Shoppers Not to Buy Fur

That may not be Santa Claus you last-minute shoppers see at South Coast Plaza this afternoon but members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Activists dressed like Kris Kringle will not be trying to draw attention to the miserable working conditions for flying reindeer but animals who are skinned, sheared or mutilated for their fashionable hides.

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Could LA's Ban on Bullhooks Re-Ignite Efforts in Anaheim to Outlaw Circus Elephants?

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Don't hook me, bro!
Before Lorri Galloway was termed out as an Anaheim City Council member, she proposed and then withdrew a ban on performing animals in the city, which would have essentially ended the yearly Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus engagement at the Honda Center (as well as the elephant parade from train cars to the venue).

The Los Angeles City Council may have done what Galloway could not: removing one of the circus' three Southern California tour stops.

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Courtney Lynn Howe-Perez, Sharon Lynn Howe Are Last Defendants to Have Charges Dismissed After Cops Botch Raid of Home with 110 Cats

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Because Santa Ana Police fucked up the raid of a house that had drawn neighborhood complaints about filth, stench and a 117 mangy cats, animal cruelty and child abuse charges were dismissed against five adults living there, an Orange County Superior Court judge has essentially ruled.

As another judge had previously done for three other family members in the case--including the 69-year-old patriarch who had already cut a plea deal and received a sentence from a court commissioner--Judge Gregg Prickett on Tuesday dismissed misdemeanor and felony counts against the remaining two defendants.

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Khloe Kardashian the Elephant ... I Mean ... Khloe Kardashian's Elephant Goes Missing!

The Khloe Kardashian elephant went missing!

No, that's not a dig at the mammoth size of the realest of the unreal reality stars on the E! network's Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

It refers to the elephant statue Lamar Odom's main squeeze dolled up for a public display in Dana Point to raise funds and awareness for endangered beasts.

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