Presidio County, TCEQ Investigating Cattle Company

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

PRESIDIO COUNTY - A Presidio County company is in the hot seat after being accused of dumping dead horses in a creek.

The case is causing an uproar in the county and now the Sheriff's Office is stepping in.

NewsWest 9 spoke with Sheriff Danny Dominguez on Monday and he said he is well aware of what is going on, but he wants to remind everyone there are always two sides to a story.

Malnourished, injured and even dead horses. Those are the reports that have been flooding the Presidio County Sheriff's Office, prompting an investigation.

Sheriff Dominguez tells says the horses in question are at Alvarado Pens in the county. But it's a company called C-4 Cattle that's coming under fire for accusations of animal cruelty.

"There are a lot of animals that are in very poor conditions, they're sick and some of them are dying," Sheriff Dominguez said.

But he adds there is more to the story.

These horses are brought in from other states and then sold to Mexico for slaughtering.

"In those cases, that didn't happen there," Sheriff Dominguez said. "These animals arrived in those conditions. They arrived sick, they arrived broken, they arrived starving."

But he said the department is doing everything possible to check out the allegations.

"We got several videos of when they're feeding and watering because we're staying on top of that on a daily basis making sure that the people responsible for these animals do their part."

There's a lot of outrage in Presidio County by pictures circulating online. One picture shows thin horses and a dry water trough.

"People will see this, look at it and say 'well they're dying of thirst' but they don't give the other side of the story," Sheriff Dominguez said.

But he said some of those photos aren't always accurate.

There are two water troughs, one is operable, one is not," Sheriff Dominguez said. "The one that's operable is full of water but the one that is not is dry."

Sheriff Dominguez said they're doing everything possible and charges will be filed if necessary.

"We're not turning a blind eye to this," he said. "We're on top of it everyday. I'm an animal lover too and I don't like animals being starved either. We are on top of it and I'm making sure my deputies do that."

This isn't the first time this company has been investigated for these allegations. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is investigating C-4 Cattle for illegally dumping dead horses in a creek near the pens.

Officials say they could be fined depending on the outcome of that investigation.

NewsWest 9 tried contacting C-4 Cattle Company about these accusations but we were not able to get ahold of them.