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Las Vegas couple arrested for dog cruelty in Texas

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Updated: 11/14/2012 1:29 pm
SANTA FE, Texas -- A call of an intoxicated person led to the arrest of two Nevada residents, according to a release from the Santa Fe Police Department.

At 7 p.m., police were dispatched to a report of an intoxicated male in the area of SH 6 and Warpath Ave. Police located the subject and subsequently arrested him after finding him in possession of synthetic marijuana.

The male was identified as Joseph Lyle Bakkedahl, 36, of Las Vegas. During the arrest police became suspicious after Bakkedahl made reference to driving a Penske moving truck from Las Vegas to Santa Fe a few days prior, and that he had left the truck at a location in Santa Fe.

Police had received a call earlier in the day reporting an intoxicated male and female at business in Santa Fe approximately 2 miles away, at which time they had asked an employee if they could leave a moving truck parked in their lot for about one week. When the employee told them no, they left and the employee called the police. Police were unable to locate the subjects at that time.

A Santa Fe police sergeant went to that location to see if the two were incidents were related, at which time a Penske truck was located. The trucks box was locked with a pad lock and the sergeant could hear an animal whimpering in the back.

The lock was cut and police located 4 small dogs in crates abandoned in the rear of the moving truck. The officers noticed the interior of the moving truck to be very hot with no ventilation. There were a large quantity of flies and the dogs appeared to be in poor condition. The small crates, at least one of which contained two dogs, were unsanitary with feces and urine. Bakkedahl stated to police that the dogs had been in the back of the secured moving truck for at least 4 hours, however police suspect much longer because of the condition of the animals.

The dogs were removed from the vehicle and no food, water or implements were located inside of the crates or truck. The dogs, Yorkies, one of which was pregnant were taken by Galveston County Animal Control.

Bakkedahl’s wife, identified as Kristine Joan Fisher, 44, of Las Vegas, was located a short time later at an unrelated disturbance and arrested as well on the Animal Cruelty charges.

Both Bakkedahl and Fisher are being held on misdemeanor charges of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals (Transports or Confines in Cruel manner) and Cruelty (Fails to provide Food, Water or Shelter) both Class A Misdemeanors in lieu of 20,000.00 bond. The Galveston County District Attorney’s office was consulted and will be forwarding this case to one of the ADA’s that handles cruelty to animal cases, at which time the charges may be amended and enhanced to felonies.

It appears that the two were staying at another location and the intent was to leave the dogs in the locked box compartment of the truck.

The animals are being held on a 10-day law enforcement hold pending a hearing in an effort to seize the dogs. According to the Animal Control Officer it is unclear whether two of the four dogs will be able to recover. Additional charges are expected on the two as according to Penske the truck was two weeks overdue for return and was in the process of being reported stolen.

-- From news release
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