With temperatures near 100 degrees, 2 large labradores were left in the bed of this truck for over an hour with almost no room, no water, and no shade.
Animal Cruelty: 2 Men Arrested in Walmart Parking Lot, LIVINGSTON, June 13, 2014 - At approximately 1:15 pm on June 13, 2014, Phyllis Bridge of Livingston parked in the Walmart parking lot in Livingston. She spotted a red Dodge truck with two large chocolate labradors in the bed of the truck. The dogs appeared over heated. Bridge retrieved some water for the two dogs, one could hardly drink, the other one seemed too weak. Bridge called Livingston Police Department and Officer Brandon Brewer was dispatched to investigate. When Officer Brewer arrived he observed the dogs and summoned City of Livingston Animal Control Officer, Melissa Blackburn. Blackburn arrived and they transferred the two dogs the air conditioned truck of Officer Blackburn. Brewer was soon joined by Officers Kaleb Barker and Chad Lilley. The officers stood around and waited for the owners of the truck to return. Approximately one and half hours later the owners, Joaquin Alejandro Gomez-Rodriguez, 31, of Livingston, and Clemente Olvera Tellez, 62, also of Livingston arrived. The two men stated that they had been away only 10 minutes (even though they were gone for approximately one and a half hours). Both men were placed under arrest and charged with two counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals. Their pickup was recovered by LakeView Wrecker and will be stored in Livingston.
When the two men arrived they were questioned by police.
The 2 dogs were transferred to the air conditioned interior of a Livingston police unit.
Officer Brandon Brewer placed the 2 men under arrest and charged them with animal cruelty.
Phyllis Bridge of Livingston alerted police about the sad situation (Bridge is pictured talking to Officer Kaleb Barker).
The two men were cuffed and loaded into a police car.
The pickup was recovered by LakeView Towing.
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