3 Facing Charges In Death Of Trinidad Llama

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Police have obtained arrests warrants for three people believed to be behind the death of a llama who was seen roaming around Trinidad State Junior College.

Authorities say a 17-year-old boy used a longbow to shoot the llama. Officers say 18-year-old Cody Kissman slit the llama's throat.

The llama gained notoriety after somehow escaping its handlers and making its way to TSJC last week. It was captured on video roaming the campus and successfully eluding Trinidad police officers. Officers ended up following it to the edge of town, then the llama took off into the foothills.

But two days after its adventure, the Trinidad Police Department said it was killed.

A veterinarian performed a necropsy that showed the llama had a 5-inch slit in its neck. Its trachea, esophagus and left and right jugular and carotid arteries were all cut. The necropsy also showed that the llama had a puncture wound in its abdomen, which penetrated its stomach and small intestines.

The two teens face a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals, a class 6 felony. Another 17-year-old is facing a charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated cruelty to animals. It's also a class 6 felony. All three have warrants of $3,000.

The investigation is ongoing, and a fourth person could wind up facing charges.

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The Trinidad Police Department says the llama that famously roamed around Trinidad State Junior College on Wednesday is dead.

Authorities are interviewing two men and two juvenile boys about the death. According to police, they are believed to be responsible for the death of the llama.

One of the men being questioned is believed to be a part owner of the animal.

The investigation into the death is ongoing. A local veterinarian is determining the exact cause of death.

Once the investigation is complete, the police report will be sent to the Las Animas County District Attorney’s Office for review and possible charges.

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