Animal cruelty charges filed against mayor

Animal cruelty charges filed against mayor

EL CENTRO, Calif. – The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) has filed animal cruelty charges against the mayor of El Centro.

Friday, detectives concluded an investigation and filed charges with the District Attorney’s office for cruelty to an animal against Jason Jackson.

Detectives say they began investigating Jackson back in February after an anonymous party reported an emaciated horse on Jackson’s property. However, Jackson assured the horse’s weak appearance was due to health issues.

When Jackson spoke to reporters in March about the case he said he had a veterinarian do blood work to prove the horse’s condition was the reason it appeared to be starving.

“I am an animal person so it is a little disturbing when people start jumping into conclusions. Everyone agreed that he’s certainly very thin and he dropped a lot of weight but there are no signs of abuse or neglect,” said Jackson during an interview with a reporter.

According to a press release issued by the ICSO, the horse’s health and condition has improved significantly with the help of the Imperial County Animal Control.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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