Amarillo man charged with animal cruelty; 52 animals seized
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:06:33 GMT —
A year and a half long investigation ended with 52 animals being seized and a man charged with seven counts of cruelty to animals.
The Randall County Sheriff's Office said its investigation uncovered that animals and fowl were badly neglected and in very poor condition on property in the 1500 block of Pueblo. That area is in rural Randall County off South Osage and FM 1151, also known as the Claude Highway.
During the investigation, the Sheriff's Office said animals were found without water, no veterinary care and dead animals were in the same pens with live animals for extended periods of time.
Arturo Morales was charged with seven counts of cruelty to animals. He was released on a $1,500 bond, police said.
Nine deputies worked for about four hours to complete the seizure of 52 animals.
Those animals included:
5 miniature horses
The Randall County Sheriff's Office said the fowl were taken to the City of Amarillo Animal Control Sherlter and the other animals were taken to the stray pens at the Sheriff's Office.