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“They’re the kind of people that we start watching for that may transition away from animals to humans.”
Approximately four dozen officers fanned out across the area, making 13 arrests as part of Operation “Don’t Be Cruel.” Some of the cases were extreme, said Rosen in a police conference on the raids.
Rosen said more than 230 animals were found “living in deplorable conditions” in Edmond Megdal’s home, with creatures ranging from birds to bearded dragons to turtles in the home with no water.
Authorities who had been working with Megdal since March in an attempt to better his animals’ care, knew about these conditions. That didn’t happen, and he was arrested, as was Tony Carodine, 25, who was filmed throwing a dog with great force and punching it in the face; a vet found fractures in two of the dog’s legs.
Those charged with the Class A misdemeanor of animal cruelty can face up to a year in jail and a fine of $4,000 if convicted.
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