A man accused of abandoning more than 30 animals – including a python snake – at an out-of-business pet store in Lemon Grove has pleaded guilty to charges of animal neglect and cruelty.
The San Diego Humane Society announced Friday that Charles Mendoza pleaded guilty to felony animal neglect.
In August, Mendoza allegedly abandoned more than 30 animals at Dave's Family Feed Store.
A python snake, several reptiles, 16 birds, 11 chickens and some rodents were found inside the shop after the SPCA and San Diego Humane Society received complaints that the store had allegedly permanently closed for business and live animals were left inside.
Six animals died inside the store. The SPCA's law enforcement agency said the other abandoned animals were housed in unhealthy conditions, left behind without water.
The San Diego Humane Society helped lead the animal cruelty investigation.
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