El Centro Mayor under investigation for animal cruelty

El Centro Mayor under investigation for animal cruelty

EL CENTRO, Calif. – El Centro Mayor Jason Jackson is under investigation after Imperial County Sheriff’s deputies found a horse showing signs of hunger on his property.

The investigation is being handled as a possible case of animal cruelty. Deputies responded to an anonymous report last week when someone saw the horse. Animal Control ensured the horse was in stable condition.

Jackson says the animal’s drastic weight loss may be health-related but assures this is not a case of neglect.

“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.” Jackson said.

Jackson says he has been in contact with a veterinarian all week and expects blood test results this coming Monday.

About The Author

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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