What happens when you arrest the only dog catcher in town? Arvin has only one animal control officer and when he was arrested on 5 March 2013 and thrown into jail, no one checked on his service vehicle until 10 days later.
According to the Bakersfield Californian, Timothy Garza, 30, of Bakersfield was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman and imprisoning the victim for 20 minutes. He was jailed on Tuesday, 5 March 2013.
Over a week later, on Thursday, 14 March 2013, a bus driver for the city of Arvin noticed something unusual: brown liquid oozing out from one of the doors the animal control vehicle. The smell was attracting flies. Arvin Public Works dispatched someone to open the doors and at least two dead animals were found in separate compartments.
It's now clear if the animals were alive when Garza picked them up. According to the Arvin city website, animal control is part of the Arvin Police Department.
Arvin is located in Kern County, about 15 miles southeast of Bakersfield on 4.9 square miles of land.