Arroyo Grande police arrested animal rights activist Robert Evans, 52, after an alleged animal rights protest on Dec. 2.
Evans said that he splattered paint on the entryway of CD's Pet Emporium at 1402 East Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande to protest the store's treatment of animals and to encourage animal lovers to adopt pets from the Humane Society.
"If I can get one person to adopt a pet from the Humane Society, my effort has been successful," Evans said in a later interview. "Everything above that is a plus."
Two men reportedly witnessed the vandalism and detained Evans until the police arrived.
"They threw me to the ground," Evans said of the unidentified citizens who took action. "One crammed his knee in my back, while another twisted my arm. My elbows and face are banged up. I expected to get arrested. I didn't expect to get roughed up."
Evans was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail. He was subsequently released on $360 bail.
The store manager, who asked to remain anonymous, considered Evans to be "a disturbed individual" with ties to an animal rights group.
"We absolutely do not mistreat our animals," the CD's Pet Emporium owner said.
Evans claimed that he isn't involved with any animal rights organizations.