Westside Baker Faces Jail Time for Alleged Rodent Infestation

The baker allegedly continued to manufacture food while his license was suspended for rodent infestation

By Willian Avila
|  Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013  |  Updated 9:29 AM PDT
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"Live Rats" at Westside Bakery Draw Charges

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The owner of a Westside bakery that was shut down for allegedly being infested with rats and roosting pigeons is facing jail time for allegedly manufacturing food while his license was suspended.

Peter Plotitsa, 53, owner of the Cake Collection at 2221 Barry Ave. in West LA, was charged with 24 criminal counts, according to the LA city attorney's office.

Charges include rodent infestation, contamination of food contact surfaces, unlawfully manufacturing food products without properly rodent proofing the building and failing to maintain a wholesale food establishment as to prevent the presence of animals, birds and vermin.

If Plotitsa is found guilty on all counts, he could face up to 12 years in jail. He may also pay $1,000 per count.

In January 2013, the LA County Department of Public Health ordered the closure of the bakery and suspended its permit after allegedly seeing rodent droppings.

During a follow-up inspection in July, investigators said they saw "live rats, live pigeons roosting, rodent and pigeon droppings as well as gnaw marks on the building."

Plotitsa is set to be arraigned Nov. 20.

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