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Chaparral man charged with 156 counts of animal cruelty
By: Genevieve Curtis
Chaparral, N.M.-- The Otero County Sheriffs Department arrested Felix Moriel, Sunday night on 156 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
In September, deputies discovered more than 200 dogs were living at Moriels dog sanctuary in Chaparral.
KFOX14 obtained the arrest affidavit detailing the 156 counts which state Moriel "did negligently mistreat, injure, kill an animal without justification or torment an animal or abandon or failing to provide necessary substance to an animal under his custody or control."
The affidavit also says there were approximately 200 dogs on the property at the time of Moriels arrest.
Investigators stated they found 12 dead dogs on the property in "different stages of decomposition."
They also found six puppies in plastic baggies inside a freezer.
The affidavit states there was an overwhelming smell of "death and decay."
The affidavit also goes on to state several of the dogs had their ears torn off and tails chewed off.
It also said several of the dogs had injuries were not medically treated. According to the document Moriel admitted that at one time he had 400 dogs at his home.
KFOX14 also spoke to Randy Winn, who has power of attorney of Moriels estate. He showed us documents of animal cruelty charges against Moriel in 2012.
Allegedly, there was also bestiality videos found at Moriels home. Several rescues took in many of the dogs and worked with them over the past four and a half months to make them adoptable.
I feel that now the dogs are getting a sense of justice. Yes, it is a little bit of relief, said Barbara Valencia, an animal advocate.
Several of the dogs are still looking for homes. If you're interested in adopting, you can contact Enchanted Pass Animal rescue. http://www.enchantedpass.org/
More Adoption Options:
Shirley Famborough at 575-491-9577 in Alamogordo.
Carla Baker in Las Cruces at 575-496-6085.
Melina Garos at Howl a Day Inn in El Paso at 915-355-7949
Charlie Moreno 915-412-6642 or ElPasoPets.org: