Sheriff: 2 arrested for animal cruelty for hauling 117 animals in U-Haul

Sheriff: 2 arrested for animal cruelty for hauling 117 animals in U-Haul
Source: Parmer County Sheriff's Office
Source: Parmer County Sheriff's Office
Source: Parmer County Sheriff's Office
Source: Parmer County Sheriff's Office
Source: Parmer County Sheriff's Office
Source: Parmer County Sheriff's Office
Osvaldo Garcia Jr., 22 (Source: Parmer County Jail)
Osvaldo Garcia Jr., 22 (Source: Parmer County Jail)
Randy Jesus Mendez, 23 (Source: Parmer County Jail)
Randy Jesus Mendez, 23 (Source: Parmer County Jail)

PARMER COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - Two truck drivers have been arrested in Parmer County, charged with animal cruelty after Farwell police and sheriff's deputies found animals being transported in U-Haul trucks.

Located inside one truck were 38 dairy goats. The other truck had seven goats, 58 chickens, five turkeys, three guineas, two chinchillas and four dogs.

Deputies say the animals were overheated and in distress with no water. The outside temperature was 86 degrees and the interior of the truck was at over 95 degrees.

Authorities were told the animals were being transported from Colorado to Florida. The animals were seized and a veterinarian was contacted for their care.

The two drivers are currently in the Parmer County Jail.

Officials arrested 22-year-old Osvaldo Garcia Jr. and he is being held on $4,000 bond. No bond has been set for 23-year-old Randy Jesus Mendez.

Both are charged with cruelty to livestock animals.

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