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Judge Finds Emaciated Camel Owner Guilty of Animal Cruelty

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - A retired pinball machine repairman and owner of an emaciated camel that was confiscated by Chesterfield County police has been found guilty of animal cruelty.
    
A newspaper reports that a judge sentenced Stanley Holmes Jr. to pay a $500 fine and complete 40 hours of community service on Tuesday.
    
Holmes' estranged wife, Angela M. Holmes, on whose property the camel lived, was also ordered to pay a $100 fine. Both were ordered to pay $2,268 in restitution for costs associated with the animal's care while in the county's custody.
    
The judge dismissed an additional charge of obstruction of justice after police say Holmes tried to prevent officers from seizing his pet camel, named Jacob, in May.
    
The Holmeses' lawyer, Paul Buckwalter, says the couple will appeal the decision.

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