‘Harry Potter’ bird breeder lands in jail for neglect

May 12th, 2009 - 5:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 12 (ANI): A falconer who provided birds of prey for the filming of the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise has landed in jail after pleading guilty to neglect.

Kenneth Lea was put behind bars for 12 weeks on 17 charges involving more than 51 specialist birds.

The 50-year-old fell under the court scanner after officials at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) received a tip about the “filthy” conditions, reports Contactmusic.

The creatures, including owls, falcons and hawks at his farm in Bradford, England, were found in an emaciated state and plastered in blood and dirt.

Lea supplied nine of the birds for various scenes in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (ANI)

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