On May 12th, 2020, the Madera County Sheriff’s Department received an allegation of animal abuse from an Alameda County resident who hired a Chowchilla horse trainer to train their 3-year-old Andalusian stallion, “Centauro”.
The suspect 29-year-old Miguel Olvera of Chowchilla took possession of Centauro in May of 2019 to train to ride, as well as dance.
Centauro remained in the care of Miguel Olvera until April 28th, 2020, when the owner’s son unexpectedly picked him up at the request of the owner.
When Centauro was picked up at the suspect’s home in Chowchilla, he had numerous horizontal injuries to his nose, swelling to his ankles, excessive spurring scars, and a large injury to his backside that consisted of scabbing and raw skin.
These injuries are consistent with abusive training methods and devices used to inflict pain and fear.
Centauro was transported to the victim’s ranch where the San Joaquin County Animal Services were contacted for the allegation of abuse.
Centauro was examined by a veterinarian a few days later and it was determined the injuries were the result of abuse. It was observed Centauro was underweight, and the swelling was the result of external trauma.
Miguel Olvera did not contact the owner or a veterinarian regarding the injuries.
Miguel Olvera was taken into custody and booked into the Madera County Jail on felony animal cruelty charges. Bail was set at $50,000.00. Olvera was released on bail that evening.