By JOHN MACDOUGALL, Associated PressAUSTIN (AP) It was the summer of 2007, and it’s still a familiar story for many Texans.
In the city of Hays, a town of less than 20,000, a truck loaded with dozens of animals, including dozens of deer, ran into a field and was hit by a pickup truck.
The animal died, but the driver escaped and escaped.
A judge found the truck driver, Thomas “Tom” Lee, guilty of animal cruelty.
Lee served two years in prison and was released in 2014.
Today, he works as an employee for a local recycling company, but he doesn’t like to talk about it.
He worries about being identified by the truckers and their neighbors, and worries about having his life ruined by what happened to him and his family.
Texas’ slaughterhouses, which are now a big business, are notorious for their brutality, killing hundreds of animals a year.
In 2014, more than 4,000 animals were slaughtered in Hays alone, according to data from the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The data doesn’t break down how many of those animals were found dead in an hour.
In recent years, Hays has had more than 600 reported cases of euthanasia, according in a 2015 report by the nonprofit Center for Animal Welfare and Animal Justice.
A 2014 investigation by the Texas Tribune revealed that in 2015, nearly 3,000 dogs, cats and other animals were killed by Hays for food and shelter.
At least 2,300 of the dogs were still alive and about 2,500 were injured, according the report.
The state’s farm commissioner, Kevin McCarty, said the Hays facility had recently shut down because of a lack of funding.
But the company that owns the farm, Emerson Ecologics and Environment, said it has been operating at a loss for the last few years.
The company’s farm manager said he had no idea about the recent shutdown.
A spokesman for the state Department of Health and Human Services said the agency is investigating whether any Hays workers were involved in the death of the deer.
State regulators are also investigating the circumstances surrounding the truck’s death, which occurred in November.
Hays Animal Control Director Terry Johnson told the Associated Press the truck stopped and the driver ran from the truck to the road.
The truck was parked in a parking lot when it ran into the field, Johnson said.
The truck driver fled the scene and did not return to the truck, but Johnson said the truck had a GPS tracking device.
Johnson said it took about 20 minutes to track the truck.
He said the vehicle’s license plate was on the side of the truck when it was hit.
Hensley said the deer had a license plate that said “L.E.E.” but the truck did not have a license number on it.
Hays officials could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.