TCEQ: operator of Presidio horse pens illegally dumped carcasses in creek
(Except at least one horse was still alive)
September 8th, 2011 under Top Stories
By EMILY JO CURETON
PRESIDIO – This summer C4 Cattle Inc. illegally dumped 46 horse carcasses in and along a creek bed in Presidio, according to a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) report released this week. The investigation began in May after the agency received yet another round of complaints about animal bodies in the creek, situated in a residential area on the eastern edge of the border community.
The Burlington-based livestock company leases the Alvarado Pens in Presidio and uses them as a way station for horses headed to Mexico for slaughter. According to the report, C4 did not maintain mortality records for the animals or properly dispose of carcasses at an authorized solid waste facility, such as the City of Presidio Landfill, located half a mile from the pens.
Instead, the bodies were dragged with a tractor and dumped in Cibolo Creek, on private property owned by the Bass family of Tuscon.