Jason Jackson Charged with Felony Count of Alleged Cruelty to an Animal

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An emaciated horse gets some much-needed nourishment following reports of animal neglect in El Centro. The matter is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office. Photo by Lloyd Miller

 

UPDATE DECEMBER 9, 2016: BRAWLEY — The Imperial County District Attorney’s Office filed one felony count of alleged cruelty to an animal against Jason Jackson Thursday, December 8, in the Superior Court of California, County of Imperial, with Judge Poli Flores presiding at the courthouse in Brawley.

A horse was found with no food or water on February 28, 2016. The horse was eating the fence, a palm tree, and its own feces to survive, according to witnesses. Jackson was identified as the owner.

After investigating the alleged incident, the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) filed a criminal charge with the DA’s office on June 24, 2016 against Jackson.

After months of investigation, the DA’s office decided to charge Jackson.

Jackson pled not guilty and paid a $5,000 bail on Thursday, December 8.

On Friday, December 9, trial dates were set. The preliminary trial will be December 16 and the preliminary hearing will be January 9, 2017.

Judge Poli Flores recused himself from the case, although he said it was appropriate for him to set dates.

With assistance from Imperial County Animal Control, the horse’s health and condition have improved.

Update June 24: EL CENTRO – The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) has filed a criminal charge with the Imperial County District Attorney concerning El Centro Mayor Jason Jackson.

A single charge of cruelty to an animal has been filed against Jackson in the case of an emaciated horse that was found at Jackson’s property. Jackson was identified as the owner.

According to the ICSO, the paper work was filed with the DA’s office June 24.

The horse was found with no food or water. The horse had been eating the trunk of a palm tree, the fence, and its own feces.

Since the emaciated horse was reported to the sheriff’s office on February 28, 2016, the ICSO has conducted a criminal investigation.

After reviewing the information, the DA will decide what course of action they will take in the matter.

With the assistance of Imperial County Animal Control, the horse’s health and condition has improved significantly.

Jackson denies the claims of neglect.

UPDATE March 6: Jason Jackson, Mayor of the City of El Centro, has come forward as the owner of the emaciated  horse via social media. Jackson denies the claims of neglect. He claims the story below was a ‘political hit piece.’ When interviewed, he claimed the reporting of his horse to authorities as politically motivated. Jackson’s name was left out of the article since no charges have been filed.

Here is his comment from Tuesday, March 1.

“I met with the Sheriff’s office and they said the horse is thin and needs to put some weight on,” said Jackson. “The horse has food and water. From what I have heard, this has all been politically motivated by certain people. He has dropped weight. I have a vet coming Wednesday to draw blood and do a feces check. The vet said it is possible that the horse could have worms or a liver issue that would cause him to lose weight. It could also be because of the weather change. We will know after tests have been done. He has had a weight loss in the last three weeks. You can see the horse. He’s fine. There has always been food and water here. Being an elected official, there is always somebody trying to make things more than they are. We’ll see what happens after the results are in from the vet.”

Authorities are checking on the horse twice a day.

The investigation continues by the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office.

EL CENTRO – The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible animal neglect case that was reported February 27.

The condition of the animal came to light on Monday, February 29, when The Desert Review received a message about a horse without food or water that appeared severely emaciated in El Centro.

According to the source, who wishes to remain anonymous, a neighbor next to the location of the horse was concerned about the neglect of the horse and asked them to come and look at it.

When they saw the horse they were shocked at the condition of the animal, the source said. There was no food on the property and a small amount of stale water. It appeared that the horse was surviving off of the trunk of a palm tree, the fence, and its own feces.

Not knowing how to handle the situation, the party contacted their veterinarian from San Diego who advised them to report the condition of the horse to Imperial County Animal Control and to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office.

Saying he was required to report cases of animal neglect, the San Diego veterinarian relayed the information to the San Diego Department of Animal Services.

Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Emmet Fried gave his account of responding to the call to check on the welfare of the horse.

“When we responded to the scene, the horse was noticeably emaciated,” said Fried. “His ribs and hip bones were visible. We learned that alfalfa hay had been recently placed there. It was evident that the hay had just been placed there and that the water had just been filled up. Because of the condition of the horse, alfalfa is too rich for the horse’s system. Too much alfalfa could have done more harm than good. We had Bermuda hay brought in because it is easier on the horse’s system.”

“It did not take a horse expert to tell that this horse was not in good shape,” continued Fried. “Our main concern is to care for the horse and give him what he needs to survive. He is being monitored every day. The reason the horse has not been moved is that in his condition, it may be harmful. There was a question whether he would survive being trailered. Once the horse is stronger, he will be moved. This horse has been completely neglected. Our primary concern is the welfare of this horse. This is being treated as a very serious incident.”

Sgt. Fried said that the investigation continues and that a report of the investigation would be sent over to the District Attorney’s office for possible charges.

 

45 COMMENTS

  1. I am assuming The Desert Review will be at his court hearing Monday, January 9th so that we can all be informed as to what is happening in this case?

  2. MAYOR of El Centro is a very cruel man. It is a wonder the horse is still alive. This horrible man should be in jail and lose his job as mayor of El centro. Mr. Jackson you are an embarrassment to all the people you represent. I will never forget the picture of an animal being starved. You can see every bone on this poor horse. I hope you pay a very large fine and lose this horse. You tortured your horse. People that torture animals will hurt people. Do you go to church? You need to see a priest and confess this sin. May God help you be a better man. Please people, take this horse away from him.

  3. I think Mayor Jason Jackson should be “FIRED’ and loose all of his benefits including retirement 401K and whatever he suppose to recieve………HE’S A CRIMINAL, HE DID THE SAME THING TO THIS POOR HORSE IN THE PAST YEARS AND WAS NEVER CHARGED, SO SOMEONE HAS COVERED HIS BUTT BEFORE….HE NEEDS TO BE IN PRISON….

  4. ALL IN FAVOR OF LOCKING THIS CRIMINAL Jason Jackson up IN AN EXTREME HOT, UNSHADED, STALL WITH NO FOOD AND SLIMTY GREEN WATER TO DRINK, AND HIS OWN FECES UP TO HIS KNEES JUST SAY AYE !!!!!!

  5. I CAN NOT UNDERSTAND “ANYONE” DEFENDING THIS PUKE FOR STARVING THIS HORSE……THEY MUST HAVE SEVERE MENTAL PROBLEMS!!!! A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS….THIS POOR BABY WAS EATING HIS OWN FECES AND SOME PEOPLE THINK THIS IS “NOT” NEGLECT…….YOU HAVE A VERY SERIOUS MENTAL CONDITION, AND I BELIEVE IF YOU CAN DEFEND THIS PUKE THEN YOU ARE CAPABLE OF DOING THE VERY SAME THING..ISN’T AMAZING THAT THE ANGLE OF THE CAMERA IS WHAT MADE HIM LOOK SO STARVED, BUT IT’S JUST A MIRACLE THAT FEEDING THIS PRECIOUS ANIMAL HAS CORRECTED THE ANGLE OF THE CAMERA…ITS TRUE, “YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID!!!!!

  6. I sure hope the Mayor gets off just like Carly Vogue. That county needs to wake up and quit linning their pockets with criminal money. You abuse any animal you should go to jail for a long time not slap their hands. That whole judical system and law enforcement are all crooks. Shame on you all

  7. Good that charges were filled, but everyone knows that Jackson believes the DA will drop it. Good friends and all, ya know…..

  8. Desert Review Staff – how about another front page story to help bring the attention needed to this problem? It seems like some decision makers may have forgot about it…. But that horse is still in the same crappy stall (pun heavily intended) and as summer is fast approaching; what will it take for something to happen? It is obvious at this point that Mr. Jackson could care less…

  9. i’m not a horse expert,but if an animal is trying to eat a fence ect,the creature has been having problems for quite sometime,because something like this does not happen over night and even if the horse was having medical issues,why wasn’t taken care of in the first place if you can’t handle the responsibility of owning such a creature,they should of given it to someone who could

  10. May we safely assume that the Sheriff’s Office will conduct a thorough investigation and submit an unbiased investigative report to the District Attorney’s Office? May we also assume that Otero, for once, will finally recognize that he occasionally lacks the will to make politically sensitive decisions and will ask the Attorney General’s Office to make the call on whether the facts support the issuance of a criminal complaint? How large does a rug have to be to sweep a horse, even a starving, neglected one, under it?

    • Interesting…why is the IVPress silent on this one? Oh yeah, they gave up on being a real newspaper a while ago….

    • If you call a vet and they see an animal in this condition, they are obligated to call the authorities.

  11. Anyone who knows Jackson, knows that he is a caring individual. As the mayor said, politically motovated.

  12. Lets let the legal system work. ICSO has seen the horse and conditions and has photos. There are witnesses who are former employees who will testify if given a chance. This has been reported before so is not a new situation. Jason will get a chance to try to refute the facts in court and use his “bad lighting” defense. Politics and friendships aside, let’s present real evidence in a fair and impartial legal setting and let the chips fall where they may…looking forward to it.

  13. if the mayor rode into El Centro on Monday…stayed 3 days and left on Monday..How did he do it? Who cares how he did it! He should have fed his horse instead of going around town screaming shop local!!! Because in reality he spends 80% of his time trying to get new business in palm desert. The horse’s name is raider and has been the subject of a previous investigation because if the same reason. As a former employee of Mr. Jackson we were required to go and ” find hay ” and feed the horse, top off his water.

    Most of you will doubt all of this because you ” know ” the mayor as the face of el centro. Put all of that to the side and realize that he is like everyone ellse, he makes mistakes, but this is the 2nd time that this happens. He either needs to make time to feed the horse or give it away to someone who will actually take care of this poor animal.

    He will try to use his influences and this will more than likely go away. Like everything else this crooked polititian does it.

    Maybe he should run for the Calexico City Council.

      • Obviously, you did not read the story. This horse was near death with no food or water for weeks.

  14. I really believe we are jumping into conclusions. I think it is only fair that we allow the authorities to do their job. I do not think it’s fair we point the finger at the mayor just because a friend of a friend said so. I know how damaging gossip can hurt an individual. Let’s think twice befor we start tearing an honorable man down. Remember this could be your brother or a dear friend

  15. It is the Mayor’s horse. It is being kept at his mother’s house. He should take responsibility for his actions. Quit lying.

  16. Are you serious? This guy represents our City, handles a security company, had a contract with the IID.Does character matter anymore? Bogue got off to easy when are the courts going to hold these people accountable?

    • Those weren’t his employees, he was just their manager. He was also an employee of the same business which was sold last year. He is no longer employed by the organization or its former owner. Is it worth considering this poor creature was abandoned by someone else? Someone like the previous owner of the business that was sold off? The accused may have been a paid care taker at one point – if only by default. However, when his employment ended, so did his responsibility for the horse’s well-being. If he isn’t the owner or a paid care taker, he can’t be held responsible. In which case, someone else needs to take the heat for this atrocity. Just make sure you aren’t attacking the wrong person or starting rumors that can’t be substantiated. Where’s the evidence? Everyone around here loves a good scandal. Especially when it comes to our elected officials – and even at the expense of the innocent. So far this accusation is just hearsay? Let the authorities do their work first and then make your comments.

    • My source was my aunt’s cousin’s neighhbor’s friend who heard from someone at the fair that it was the Mayor’s dog…I mean horse

      • I’m not trying to defend the Mayor if that’s what your sarcastically implying. I want him to serve time for this cruelty! I just want to make sure I don’t try going against the wrong person. This guy is going down.

        • I wasn’t trying to imply that you were defending him, I was trying to reveal how gossip goes around in this Valley in how everyone will use Facebook or “someone they know” as a source instead of trying to verify the story.
          Unfortunately, in today’s modern age of technology, while social media has allowed us to transfer information rapidly; it has also allowed us to transfer that info without confirming whether is true, false, right, or wrong.

          • so you are thinking that gossip is the reason this animal was starved…can you see??? are you mentally ill???? open your eyes and look at this poor horse that was locked up with no way to find his own food..if someone had not reported this, he would be dead, so do you think that person was just being nosey and should have kept their mouth shut???? THIS ISSUE “WAS VERIFIED””IF THIS WAS A CHILD WOULD YOU THINK THE SAME ABOUT KEEPING QUIET AND MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS…..SOMETHING VERY WRONG WITH YOU

  17. If he is treated like miss bogue he will get off it seems as though the felony counts for animal abuse means nothing in our state who you know seems to be the new law. ..

  18. If this is true about Mayor Jackson maybe its time to rethink his position on the City Council.

  19. Mayor Jason Jackson is the person responsible for this horse! Bet he will attempt to get off with a warning! but this tracks all the way back to 2012! with another complaint! Let hope this is taken serious this time!

  20. ..And you aren’t reporting the name of the owner of the horse? Is this because of his status and name?

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