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Refugio County Animal Control Officer arrested for false information

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Goliad County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested the Refugio County Animal Control Officer after he allegedly gave false information during an investigation into traffic crash that involved the death of a horse.

Reyes L. Resendez, 52 of Refugio, was arrested at the Refugio County Courthouse Tuesday morning by Chief Deputy Ellie Ramirez and Sgt. Donna Starry.

Resendez was then booked into the Goliad County Jail where he is being held pending the setting of a bond.

Resendez was arrested in connection with statements he made to deputies investigating a traffic crash on Sept. 19. In that case, a vehicle driven by a Goliad County resident struck a horse in the middle of US 183 near the Goliad/Refugio County line. The crash killed the horse and caused major damage to the vehicle. The driver, Kelly Studdard, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Subsequent investigation into ownership of the horse led to Resendez. Resendez made false statements regarding his ownership of the horse. The investigation later revealed the horse did, in fact, belong to Resendez.

A warrant charging Resendez with Giving a False Report to a Peace Officer was signed on Monday by Judge Susan Moore.

Giving a False Report to a Peace Officer is a Class B Misdemeanor under Texas law and is punishable by a jail term not to exceed 180 days and a fine not to exceed $2,000

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