Apr 21, 2014 7:45 PM by Kevin Farley

Arrest warrants issued in llama killing

Arrest warrants were issued Monday for three teenagers after a llama was killed in the Las Animas county community of Trinidad.

According to police, a post-mortem examination of the animal was performed. The veterinarian who performed a necropsy on the animal found that the slit on the llama's neck was 5 inches long. The cut had slit the trachea, esophagus and both of the animals jugular and carotid arteries, according to police.

18-year-old Cody Kissman is accused of slitting the throat of the animal last week.

A 17-year-old boy is accused of first shooting the animal with a longbow. Police said the arrow penetrated the llama's stomach and small intestine.

Kissman and the boy are each facing a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony. Police say another 17-year-old boy wasn't actively involved in the death of the llama but has been charged with conspiracy.

A fourth person is currently being investigated and could face criminal charges.

Last week the llama was seen roaming around Trinidad State Junior College. Officers tracked the animal until it left city limits and onto private property.

Photos surfaced on Facebook showing the dead animal and people posing with the carcass. 


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