Deputies recover deceased victim in canal

Sheriff’s deputies, dive team recover victim who fell into the canal near Orange Cove last week

TULARE COUNTY – The dogged days of summer have arrived in force, but it is more important than ever to remember that it is best to stay clear from the Friant-Kern Canal.

According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, just after 2 p.m. last Thursday, July 15, deputies were called to the canal near Orange Cove for a report of a person who fell and went under. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office dive team was on their way to the scene and a helicopter was on scene attempting to find the man. Just before 5 p.m, the dive team found and recovered the body of the man who fell in the canal. He was found in the general area where he was last seen going under water. The man was pronounced dead on scene.

Sheriff’s Log

Saturday, July 17

Deputies were called to the area of Road 120 and Avenue 112 in Pixley for a report of two dogs stranded in a ponding basin. Tulare Animal Control and Tulare County Fire also responded to the scene. Members of the Tulare County Fire swift water team were able to utilize their rescue boat to reach the stranded dogs. The firefighter was able to get the dogs into the rescue boat. TCSO, TCFD and TC Animal Control worked together to pull the rescue boat and bring them safely to shore. The two dogs have been placed into the care of Tulare County Animal Control.

Thursday, July 15

This afternoon, Ag crimes detectives were called to the 1700 block of Tyler Street in Porterville for a report of four dead yearling horses and a severely sick mule. Once on scene, detectives observed there wasn’t any water on the property for the animals. Detectives learned Juan Vega Ponce. 53, of Delano had not checked on the animals in the last ten days and they had ran out of water. Ponce was on scene and later arrested for animal cruelty and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office south county detention facility. This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective A. Ellis or the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department via telephone at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at [email protected] or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

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