Hogs stranded in Nebraska heading to California


August 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Over 200 hogs from Iowa that were stranded in a broken-down semitrailer in central Nebraska have been released from custody. KNOP-TV in North Platte) says the hogs were loaded into another livestock truck Wednesday night for the trip to California. The hogs were stranded for several hours on Tuesday when the semi broke down on Interstate 80 in North Platte. Officials had to hose down the animals in the 90-plus degree weather, and they were finally taken to the Lincoln County fairgrounds. The truck was repaired but the driver was cited for several violations, including animal cruelty. A judge issued a court order to release the hogs Wednesday afternoon. The company transporting the hogs, Lynch Livestock, was ordered to by $1,500 for their care.