The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three Overton family members in connection with an animal neglect investigation northeast of Overton. Chief Deputy Mike Hudson says Diane Wempen and Eugene Wempen Sr., both 59, along with 33-year-old Eugene Wempen Jr were arrested on charges of Cruelty to Animals. Wempen Sr. was additionally charged with Resisting Arrest. They were taken into custody around 2:00pm on Tuesday April 17th. Sixty-five(65) head of cattle are dead, 75 head of cattle have been relocated from the property. All other animals located on the property were removed and being further taken care of also. They include llamas, donkeys, miniature ponies, horses, goats, sheep and hogs.
The investigation began around 9:00am on April 12th following a call to the Sheriff’s Office. A deputy observed several cattle deceased in corrals and others displaying outward signs of possible malnutrition and sickness. A search warrant was obtained for further investigation. At the time, Chief Deputy Hudson said the Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with area veterinarians and producers were caring for and providing the appropriate nutrition for the remaining animals.