(KBAK-TV, Bakersfield) — An Oildale man accused of animal abuse is being held on a charge that specifically bans eating any animal commonly kept as a pet.
As Eyewitness News first reported Monday, 35-year-old Jason Wilmert was arrested on two charges. One count is animal cruelty. The other is "animals commonly kept as pets or companions; use as food."
Kern County Supervising Deputy District Attorney Michael Yraceburn said he can't discuss details of the investigation, but he admitted to being surprised at the allegations.
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"I've been involved with these kinds of cases for a long time," Yraceburn told Eyewitness News on Tuesday. "I don't believe I've ever seen one like this before."
Neighbors near Wilmert's home on Wilson Avenue said they had heard and seen suspicious activity.
"I heard a cat cry," neighbor Joe Nuno said. "It was a weird cry, real loud."