TCSO arrest man on 40 counts of animal cruelty, neglect

Tulare County Sheriffs Office arrests Cesar Flores on 40 counts of animal cruelty, neglect after discovering a multitude of horses, cows, dogs on his property were malnourished

LINDSAY– After receiving a tip about a possible animal abuse case, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Ag Detectives worked with the Tulare County Animal Control and a veterinary clinic to help the animals get the help they needed.

On Dec. 6, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) AG Crimes detectives were alerted to a possible animal abuse case in the 25300 block of Avenue 220 in Lindsay. After an investigation, detectives identified Cesar Flores, 51, of Lindsay as the owner of both the properties and the animals found on the properties. Flores was arrested for at least 40 counts of animal cruelty and neglect.

When detectives responded to the property on Dec. 6 they found 48 horses, 13 cows and dozens of dogs and puppies in need of care on two different parcels of land. AG detectives worked in partnership with Tulare  County Animal Control and personnel from Pacific Crest Veterinary Clinic. After a thorough review of the animals, a majority of the horses and cattle were determined to be malnourished and in need of urgent care. Additionally, two horses were found dead and one cow had to be euthanized on site.

Animal Control and Veterinary Services have established a safety and medical plan for the future care of the remaining animals.

This case will be forwarded to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office for review. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact sergeant Dan Balderas or detective Ryan Pugh at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218, or anonymously through our TipNow Program at 559-725-4194 or [email protected]

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