MURTAUGH • Now that several weeks have passed, the buzz around the undercover footage capturing animal cruelty on a local dairy has died down.
On Oct. 10, Los-Angeles based Mercy for Animals released hidden camera footage showing a cow being dragged out of a barn with a chain wrapped around its neck, workers beating cows with canes, and workers punching and jumping on cows between metal bars in milking stalls.
The footage was captured at Dry Creek Dairy, owned by Luis Bettencourt. After watching the video, Bettencourt fired five of the employees involved in the video.
Law enforcement authorities put out warrants for arrest for three of the employees but only one employee has been arrested so far.
According to court documents, Jesus Garza is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Nov. 27 and a jury trial on Dec. 5.
In the meantime, Garza’s lawyer is requesting that video obtained by Mercy for Animals not be allowed in the upcoming trial. Garza’s lawyer is also requesting that all statements made by Garza to investigative authorities on Aug. 23 also be banned from the trial.
“Said statement was not given in an intelligent, free, or voluntary manner,” the documents stated.
Bettencourt did not return phone calls when contacted by the Times-News.