KRAMER JUNCTION— On June 19, 2019 the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced the results of a livestock enforcement operation conducted near Kramer Junction. The operation was conducted on May 22, 2019 by deputies from the Sheriff’s Rural Crime Task Force, along with Investigators from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and California Highway Patrol.
“The purpose of the operation was directed at enforcing California’s livestock transportation laws to protect the industry from theft, gather information to fortify the state’s disease prevention standards and conduct inspections of livestock to ensure adherence of animal health and safety guidelines,” stated a sheriff’s news release.
During the operation, law enforcement officers made 37 livestock enforcement stops. Only one driver was out of compliance with California Livestock Transportation Laws. The shipment of cattle was escorted to its destination where further investigation was conducted by CDFA investigators. A notice of violation was issued to the owner of the cattle.
For all other enforcement stops, a livestock transportation report was generated, allowing CDFA to keep records on the influx of cattle being shipped in and out of the state. This information is used to ensure the health of the livestock industry. All livestock inspected during the operation appeared healthy and no animal welfare violations were observed.
“CDFA investigators don’t often have a spotlight on the work they do, but they probably should,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “Their investigations, law enforcement work and operations work to protect our food supply and agriculture industry.”