Man Arrested On Animal Cruelty Charges, Two Others At Large


By Alexa Tieu

Hansen, Idaho (KMVT-TV) - Twin Falls County Officials say one man is in jail and two others have warrants out for their arrest on animal cruelty charges.

A video of the abuse was released, but it is too graphic to air.

A hidden video began an investigation and discussion into animal cruelty.

"We don't see incidents like this. What I saw in the video is something I've never seen on any dairy that i do work for," said Veterinarian Dr. Mike Holland.

Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs says a video was captured by a man working at the Dry Creek Dairy.

That man was also a member of Mercy For Animals, an animal rights group.

The footage was taken to the Idaho Department of Agriculture in August, and officials notified the owner of the dairy, Luis Bettencourt.

Bettencourt said, "we right away went out and identified the five employees that were hitting the cows."

Bettencourt also said those five employees, one of them a manager, were all let go immediately.

"I know on all the dairies we work for we do not see that type of abuse," said Holland.

The Cassia County Sheriff's Office arrested Noe Jesus Tanguma, also known as Jesus Garza, on animal cruelty charges.

Twin Falls officials say the owners of the Dry Creek Dairy have cooperated during the entire investigation.

"The dairy was opened up to investigation and he encouraged and facilitated all his employees interviewed,” said Twin Falls County Prosecutor, Grant Loebs.

Bettencourt has also increased security measures to ensure abuse doesn't happen again.

"We put in cameras in the barn to monitor the employees 24–hours a day," said Bettencourt.

A pre-trial hearing has been set for Tanguma for October 16th.

The two other suspects, Jose Acensio and Javier Victor Rohas Loayza are still at large.

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