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Texas authorities charged at least a dozen people with animal cruelty following ritual sacrifice

March 18, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Texas authorities charged at least a dozen people with animal cruelty following ritual sacrifice Left to right: Alexander Gene Campos, Cynthia Gabriell Martinez, amnd Marie Galan Murcia

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Texas Authorities have charged at least a dozen people with animal cruelty after raiding a suspected ritual sacrifice near at a home near San Antonio.

Bexar Sheriff’s deputies discovered dead and dismembered animals at the home Friday night after receiving calls of animals being sacrificed, The San Antonio Express reported.

Sgt. Elizabeth Gonzalez says that deputies saw more than a dozen people inside a garage where a woman was cutting up animal parts while another person was draining the blood of a chicken into a container.

Gonzalez says, “It appears that they were having some sort of unknown ritual.”

“They were speaking a different language the officer did not recognize,” Gonzalez explained the responding deputy is fluent in English and Spanish.

Deputies found additional mutilated animals in the residence, including goat heads and more chickens.

Gonzalez says between 12 and 14 people were arrested and will face misdemeanor charges of cruelty to non-livestock animals.

Among the suspects arrested include:  Alexander Gene Campos, 23; Ivan Felipe Gonzalez, 24; Carmen Maria Gonzalez-Trujillo, 41; Cynthia Gabriell Martinez, 29; Liza Mercado, 46; Marie Galan Murcia, 65; Ramon Patino Jr., 65; Luiz Rodriguez Ortiz, 41; Robert Talamantez, 55; Irma Garza Talamantez, 64; and Arteaga Ariel Torres, 39.

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