Benjamin SiegelDeerfield Beach, FL – The owner of a South Florida reptile store featured here two years ago after a man choked to death during a cockroach eating contest, has been arrested after he allegedly hit employees with a lizard.

Police say 40-year-old Benjamin Siegel, owner of Siegel Reptiles, is facing battery and animal cruelty charges after video surveillance captured Siegel throwing a bearded dragon lizard in the air and swinging it multiple times. He also hit employees with the bearded dragon multiple times and threw Gatorade on them.

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report:

“The defendant did unnecessarily torment the animal, handling the animal in a cruel and/or inhumane manner and intentionally committed an act to the animal which results in excessive and repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering to the animal.”

Siegel was already on bond for previous battery charges at the time of this incident, so when he faced a judge his previous bond was revoked. He was still behind bars without bond on Monday.

This is the second time Siegel and his reptile store have been featured on Dreamin’ Demon. The first was back in 2012 when 32-year-old Edward Archbold choked to death shortly after participating in the store’s cockroach eating contest.

Looks like Florida didn’t like Pennsylvania beating them in the fucked up news department, and is making quite the comeback.

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