SANTA FE, Texas -- A Las Vegas couple faces charges of animal cruelty after police discovered four abandoned dogs in the back of a moving truck, according to the Santa Fe Police Department.
Joseph Lyle Bakkedah, 36, and Kristine Joan Fisher, 44, are charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals (transports or confines in cruel manner) and cruelty (fails to provide food, water or shelter) both Class A misdemeanors.
Sante Fe police arrested Bakkedah after responding to a call of an intoxicated male near State Highway 6 and Warpath Avenue. He was taken into custody after police said they found him in possession of synthetic marijuana.
During the arrest, police said Bakkedahl made reference to driving a Penske moving truck from Las Vegas to Sante Fe a few days prior, which he dropped off at a separate location.
Police found the padlocked moving truck at a business 2 miles away. They heard an animal whimpering in the back of the vehicle.
Four Yorkies in crates were found in the back of the truck, which police said was hot with poor ventilation. The animals were in poor condition and in an unsanitary environment. Police said the dogs had been in truck for four hours, but suspect that the animals may have been there for a longer period of time.
The dogs, one of which was pregnant, were taken by Galveston County Animal Control. All of them were improving by Monday and three are being cared for foster families.
Fisher was arrested at the scene of an unrelated disturbance.
Both suspects are being held on $20,000 bond.
The Galveston County District Attorney's office was consulted and will be forwarding this case to one of the assistant district attorneys that handles cruelty to animal cases, the release said.