Chaparral man faces animal cruelty charges

January 28, 2014 • State News

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Otero County authorities have arrested a Chaparral m[auth] an on numerous animal cruelty charges.

The 156 counts against 44-year-old Felix Moriel stem from an investigation into malnourished, dead and injured dogs found at an animal sanctuary last September.

According to the Alamogordo Daily News ( ), court records indicate that sheriff’s deputies found piles of dog feces, dead puppies in a freezer, malnourished and injured dogs and at least 12 dead dogs in various stages of decomposition.

Moriel remains jailed pending a court appearance. It could not be immediately determined whether he has an attorney.

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