Dead chickens were one of the parts of animals found in a Texas home, authorities said.
Dead and dismembered goats, chickens and other animals were found in a San Antonio-area home Friday night after police responded to a call of a suspicious animal sacrifice ritual, authorities said.
At least a dozen people were arrested and accused of cruelty to animals, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
“There is a misunderstanding, but we are not going to talk about it,” a woman in the house told Fox 29 San Antonio.
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Bexar County sheriff ‘ s found in a garage where a woman was cutting parts of animals, and another person was draining the blood of a chicken in a container, Sgt. Elizabeth Gonzalez said.
“It appears that she is with a kind of unknown ritual,” Gonzalez said.
The officials found 11 of the defendants gathered in a circle, officials told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Deputies also found multiple dead and mutilated animals in the residence, including the goats and the chickens.
About 14 people, men and women in the age from 23 to 65 years, were arrested and will be faced with misdemeanor charges of cruelty to non-livestock animals, authorities said. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor, unless it is reinforced because of previous related offenses, she said.
Bexar County Animal Control Services removed several live animals from the scene, the report said.
Governments that 11 of the suspects: 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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