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CARL JOSEPH MENDES arrested after hundreds of dead animals were found on a Laton property

- California, USA -


The Fresno County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of 41-year-old CARL JOSEPH MENDES (pictured).


In a press release, the sheriff’s office said that on Friday, May 3, 2024, someone passing by the area of W. Mt. Whitney and Chestnut Avenues in Laton, noticed dead animals at a family farm and alerted the sheriff’s office.


Deputies responded to the scene and made contact with MENDES.


Deputies found the property in complete disarray, with about 300 animals ranging from chickens, dogs, ducks, goats, pigs, turkeys, and more — hundreds of them deceased, and the others malnourished and mistreated.


As deputies were walking around the property, they noticed they were stepping on the bones of dead animals.


Deputies learned that four teenagers were living with MENDES, so Child Protective Services were notified.


MENDES was arrested and booked into the Fresno County jail on a misdemeanor charge of child neglect. The sheriff’s Office said he will likely face animal neglect charges soon.

As explained in the press release, members of Fresno Humane Animal Services responded to the scene to investigate and their findings “will dictate the necessary additional criminal charges Mendes faces.” 


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MENDES’ mugshot shared from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office

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Judy A Canon
Judy A Canon
May 10

Damn! All these blessed souls suffered for so long. We have to begin caring more, helping these souls. If you see something, say something. Call authorities until they respond. It is our responsibility. RIP PRECIOUS SOULS.

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