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3 Arrested For Allegedly Killing Llama Roaming Around Trinidad

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TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP/CBS4) — Three of four individuals allegedly responsible for the death of a llama roaming around the Trinidad area have been arrested.

Police arrested Cody Kissman, 18, and a 17-year-old male on Monday. The other 17-year-old turned himself in to police Tuesday morning.

(credit: Trinidad State Junior College)

(credit: Trinidad State Junior College)

The names of the 17-year-olds haven’t been released because they are juveniles.

Authorities said Monday two of the warrants listed a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals. The third listed a conspiracy charge.

(credit: Trinidad State Junior College)

(credit: Trinidad State Junior College)

The llama was spotted in Trinidad Wednesday and wandered onto the campus of Trinidad State Junior College. College officials said the animal wasn’t aggressive but wouldn’t let anyone get near.

It was later found dead. Police say a veterinarian determined the animal was shot with a longbow through the stomach and small intestine and that its throat had been slit.

“The necropsy revealed that the slit on the llama’s neck was five inches long and had cut the trachea, esophagus and left and right jugular and carotid arteries,” police said in a statement. “Additionally it was determined that the puncture on the right abdomen area was made with what appeared to be a broad head arrow. It penetrated the llama’s stomach and small intestines.”

Police said they believe Kissman is responsible for cutting the animal’s throat.

It wasn’t clear who the animal belonged to. Police have said it might have escaped from someone who was caring for it.

All three who were arrested bonded out shortly after their arrest. The investigation continues on possible charges for the fourth individual involved.

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