Defenders investigate animal bones, carcasses found behind businesses

Owner denies dumping; code violations dismissed at North Side businesses

Animal bones and debris were found behind businesses on the North Side, but a KSAT 12 Defenders investigation was unable to link them to a specific individual or business.

The items were found across from Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park in a drainage area.

Anthony Gonzalez reported to the Defenders that he found animal bones, a partially intact skeleton, a hog head and the splattered remains of a deer in that area.

He blamed nearby businesses.

"There's a proper way to discard those animals and I don't think that they care," Gonzalez said. "It needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible and I would say monitored."

He's referring to nearby Texas Big Game Processing and Ottea Taxidermy on Nakoma. He said he saw two employees tossing trash over the fence.

"I did discuss it with them and they said that they'd been discarding the bones and trash for years," Gonzalez said. "The health concerns as far as the animal carcasses. I mean, that's unsanitary."

Rotting carcasses is certainly a health concern but dumping is a problem too.

The Defenders asked the city to investigate.

Code Enforcement Services arrived to inspect the property and Michael Shannon, assistant director of Development Services, found there was a trash problem.

"It was a bunch of trash and debris not only inside the property but over the fence so we issued a couple violation notices because that's certainly against code," Shannon said. "They'll actually have a chance to go to the judge, the administrative hearing officer and they can state their case."

Bradley Garcia owns Texas Big Game Processing and said he keeps track of when the trash goes out and does not throw stuff over the fence.

"I think it's ridiculous," Garcia said. "It's just not us. We're not there to try to make the city dirty. We do what we're supposed to do as far as maintaining our trash."

He said he keeps unneeded animal parts in the refrigerator, keeps his dumpster clean and said his employees do not dump animals.

"I don't think he was actually telling the truth," Garcia said. "We get a lot of animals, dogs and stuff, constantly in our trash cans, pulling out bones -- and dogs like bones. We process animals year-round now, so it's just hard to keep the people that want to dump back there. It's a shame but we try to clean up as best we can around here."

While the businesses were asked to clean up some trash on the scene when the city visited -- and did so -- all of the code violations were dismissed.

Gonzalez said more needs to be investigated.