Abuse Charges


A rabbit breeder in Aptos near Santa Cruz, California will serve time in jail after having been convicted of animal abuse.   Mario Albert De La Garza was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years probation after a jury found him guilty of not taking proper care of more than 100 rabbits.  The 2011 bust revealed 114 rabbits in horrific conditions, many missing ears and limbs as a result of a misguided attempt to breed rabbits missing these parts.  Today, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 60 months of probation. He is prohibited from having, buying or selling rabbits (or any animal). He is subject to search and seizure of any animals found in his care.



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