- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - A Chesterfield County judge has upheld the seizure of a man’s pet camel by police.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1EZsjR5 ) reports that Chesterfield General District Court Judge James O’Connell issued his ruling on Monday after hearing testimony from the camel’s owner, Stanley R. Holmes Jr., a veterinarian and neighbors and friends of Holmes.

Veterinarian Kelly Gottschalk testified that the camel, named Jacob, was emaciated and infected with parasites.

Holmes testified that Jacob loses weight every spring when he goes into a rut period. Holmes says the weight loss is due to stress.

Holmes has been charged with obstruction of justice and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. He’s due to return to court in June.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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