.SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico (AP) – A prisoner is behind bars in southern Mexico for acting beastly.
Residents of the town of Canalumtic say the bull devoured their corn crops and destroyed two wooden shops, so they had it thrown in the slammer.
The bull will not be released until the owner pays damages, to be determined by a local judge, police commander Felipe Gómez said Friday.
The owner, Moises Sántiz, said he’ll pay a maximum of $400 – the same price he forked over for the bull four months ago.
Sántiz said he bought the animal on Nov. 4 and let him out to graze. The bull disappeared on March 1 and was later found tied up in the patio of a private home in Canalumtic, held prisoner by an angry resident.
It’s not the first time an animal has been jailed in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas. Last year, a dog was locked up for 12 days after biting someone. His owners were ordered to pay a $18 fine.