Friday, June 19, 2009

Starving animals seized in Abilene

By Daralyn Schoenewald

An Abilene man is under police investigation after authorities on Thursday seized more than 60 scrawny animals from his home in the 2100 block of Huckleberry Lane.

City of Abilene officials are seeking help from the public to feed the animals, most of which are being kept at the Abilene Animal Shelter, 925 S. 25th St.

In all, officials seized 54 fighting roosters and hens, eight horses -- including three foals and a pregnant mare -- a bull and a heifer from the man's property, said Aaron Vannoy, animal services manager for the city of Abilene.

Police did not identify the owner of the animals because he has yet to be charged with a crime, but Abilene Police Detective Ernest Moscarelli said an investigation into criminal animal cruelty is in its "beginning stages."... More & video

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