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.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.