220 Pigs Stranded In North PlatteWritten by Kent Winder
220 pigs stuck in a semi-truck Tuesday are being housed at the Lincoln County fairgrounds.
The driver was arrested and cited with driving under suspension and animal cruelty.
The pigs were picked up from the fairground this evening where they will be taken to Jim's Farms Meat in Winton, California
Wednesday North Platte animal control officers as well as members of the Lincoln County fair board were at the fairground giving the pigs water and making sure they are recovering from being stuck in the truck trailer for several hours.
On Tuesday police were called to an area near North Platte's Quality Inn where a livestock truck broke down.
The truck contained 220 pigs that were picked in Waucoma, Iowa and being transported to California.
The semi broke down leaving the pigs stuck in a semi-trailer in extremely hot temperatures.
The truck was eventually repaired but the driver, Stanley Frye of Bristol, Virginia , was arrested and placed in the Lincoln County jail.
He was citied with driving under suspension because he logged more hours than he was supposed to have.
He was also cited for animal cruelty.
The problem the North Platte Police Department had was what to do with the 220 pigs being housed at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.
A judge issued a court order Wednesday afternoon to release the pigs.
Wednesday evening the pigs were loaded onto another truck and taken to their final destination of Jim's Farms meat in Winton, California.
Police say at last check only one of 220 pigs died.
Frye was supposed to make an appearance in Lincoln County Court today.
He bonded out and is not expected to be in court until August 30th.
Lynch livestock, the company transporting the pigs was ordered to pay the city of North Platte 15-hundred dollars for housing the livestock.