Texas Pair Indicted on Animal Cruelty Charges

A Texas Grand Jury has indicted a Coryell County couple on animal cruelty charges stemming from the removal of more than 300 animals--including 42 horses--from their property earlier this year.

In January Coryell County Sheriff's Deputies acted on a warrant to remove 39 of the horses after their owners, Curtis and Raycene Moore, failed to carry out a Sheriff's Department Livestock Officer's instructions for their care. All the horses showed signs of malnutrition, said Coryell Chief Deputy Joe Blakely. In addition, 250 dogs, two Bengal tigers, two mountain lions, one primate, one deer, and one raccoon among other animals were later removed from the property.

Following the removal, the animals were placed in the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' custody.

Curtis and Raycene Moore were later charged with multiple animal cruelty counts.

Coryell County District Court Clerk Janice Gray said that on May 17, a grand jury indicted the pair on one count each of cruelty to nonlivestock animals.

Neither Curtis nor Raycene Moore were available for comment.

An arraignment is set for June 10, Gray said.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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