Man Cited After Semi Breaks Down Hauling HogsWritten by Beatriz Reyna
More than 100 hogs struggled to stay cool and hydrated Tuesday afternoon after being stranded in a semi for more than 13 hours.
North Platte Police say the semi broke down around 9 a.m. near the Quality Inn.
The hogs were on their way to California from Iowa.
Several local law enforcement agencies were called to the scene.
Animal control division sprayed the animals using a nearby water hydrant to keep them from getting heat exhaustion.
Law enforcement says the truck driver is facing several violations among them animal cruelty.
“His log books are out of date from when he got behind the wheel. The other guy that is with him is not a licensed driver so he can't take over. So in essence we are going to have to get these hogs off this truck,” says Jim Agler, North Platte PD Chief Deputy.
“My primary concern is trying to keep the hogs cooled down as possible and alive. Right now that is what I am concentrating on,” says Eric Schultz, North Platte Animal Control Division Officer.
The truck driver was put out of service and escorted to the fairgrounds.
“Get them out and get them fed and try to get a vet to check them over. It is going to cost quite a bit by the time it is all said and done trying to get these hogs taken care of and truck moved because now they are technically our responsibility. We'll try to recover the cost from the owners but they are from out of state of course but we are going to try to do everything that we can to make sure we remedy this situation,” says Jim Agler, North Platte PD Chief Deputy.