Area Man Arrested, Charged With 106 Animal Cruelty Crimes

Mitchell Steven Behm / David Delgado

Two men accused of causing severe abuse and neglect of nearly 20,000 animals in Lake Elsinore were arrested and charges filed against them, an official with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is reporting.

Approximately 600 reptiles and 18,400 rodents once owned by Lake Elsinore-based Global Captive Breeders located on 3rd Street were euthanized in December via lethal injection last year by licensed veterinarians. Business owner Mitchell Steven Behm, 54, was arrested Friday, about 7:30 p.m., at his home in Coto de Caza, DA’s office spokesman John Hall reported.

At one time, Global Captive Breeders had its office on Oso Parkway in Las Flores.

Behm was booked at the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley and posted bail; he was released on Saturday, Hall reported.

A manager at Global Captive Breeders, 29-year-old David Delgado (also known as Jose Magana), was arrested Friday, about 10 p.m., at his Rialto home. He was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside where he was being held Monday morning in lieu of $50,000 bail. If Delgado remains in custody, he is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, Hall stated.

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