Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:46 PM
Updated: Nov 26, 2012 9:35 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A dead cow has become a cause for concern for some residents north of Edinburg.
Neighbors said they first spotted the dead cow behind a private fence on Friday. Four days later, the carcass had not been removed.
The carcass is on a property in a neighborhood along Horizon Trail.
Isaias Garcia, a local ranch hand, said he saw the dead cow Friday.
"I imagine that it went without food ... because there's not much to eat," Garcia said.
Garcia said children live in the area. He said the stench is raising concerns for the community's health.
A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew tried contacting the property owner about the dead animal.
Garcia said the last time he saw anyone at the home was two weeks ago.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS called different Hidalgo County departments to find out what could be done about the carcass.
A person with the sanitation department said they could pick up the dead cow if it was placed on the county's right-of-way. But since it's on private property sanitation couldn't do much else.
The health director said he would send some of his men to investigate. If they found the dead cow is posing a health risk the health department would then turn the case over to the sheriff who would then have to do some paperwork. Once that paperwork is filed, the sheriff would send a sanitation crew to enter the private property, he said.
Neighbors said health inspectors snapped photos shortly after the CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew left the scene.
The county's health director said he contacted the sheriff on Monday. Neighbors reported to CHANNEL 5 NEWS that deputies were at the scene to investigate the case.