Two people have been arrested in Parmer County following an investigation into animal cruelty.
The Parmer County Sheriff’s Office and the Farwell Police Department reports they received a call to check animal welfare Monday afternoon. Officers located two U-Haul trucks outside of Farwell. Deputies found over 100 animals being carried in the back of the two U-Haul trucks. One truck had 38 dairy goats, the second was carrying 7 goats, 58 chickens, five turkeys, three guineas, two chinchillas and four dogs. Officers report that the animals were overheated and did not have access to water. At the time of the stop, the temperature outside was 86 degrees and the interior of the truck were approaching 100 degrees.
The animals were being transported from Colorado to Florida according to law enforcement reports. Osvaldo Garcia Jr., 22 was arrested and is currently being held on a $4,000 bond and Randy Mendez, 23 was arrested and is being held without bond. Both are charged with cruelty to livestock animals.
The animals have been seized and a Veterinarian has been contacted for their care.