California-based Cattle Auction Boss Fined $1K, Gets Probation in Cruelty Case

By Mario Sevilla

Mon Jul 28th, 2014 7:17pm America/Los_Angeles

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ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — The owner of a Southern California livestock auction house will serve probation for his role in an animal cruelty case that came to light after an undercover investigation by an animal rights organization.

Horacio Santorsola entered a plea of no contest Monday in San Bernardino County Superior Court to a misdemeanor count of receiving improperly held non-ambulatory animals.

He also must pay $1,000 in fines and fees to the Inland Valley Humane Society.

Other charges were dismissed in a plea deal.

The Los Angeles-based group Mercy for Animals secretly filmed workers kicking and stomping on pigs, hitting emus with a baton and slinging baby goats by the neck and hind legs.

Santorsola and seven employees at his company, Ontario Livestock Sales Inc., were charged in 2012.

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