Criminals who appear to have released animals at mink farms in the Midwest last year have been apprehended. Animal rights activists Tyler Lang and Kevin Johnson are facing charges relating to freeing animals in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. Johnson has been in Illinois state custody since late last year as both were charged with possessing burglary tools, but Lang was freed in November, to be picked up by Federal officials in El Segundo, Calif., on Thursday.

At the mink farm in Morris, Ill., the two are alleged to have released 2,000 mink, tear holes in fences to allow animals to escape, and vandalize two farm vehicles.

Animals were also freed in Minnesota and Utah around that time, but Johnson and Lang have not been charged in those cases.

The two face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 if found guilty.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times