Police: Arrest warrants issued for llama killing suspects; animal shot with arrow, throat slit

TRINIDAD, Colo. - Trinidad Police obtained warrants for the arrest of three suspects who they say are responsible for the death of a llama that had been roaming the campus of Trinidad State Junior College. 

Officers are continuing their investigation and charges may be filed against the fourth party involved, according to police.

The llama was first spotted on campus the morning of April 16. School officials said the Trinidad Police Department was called in to assist with removing the llama, because it wouldn't let anyone near it.

Officers attempted to round up the animal, but it ran off on its own toward the western edge of the city limits.

"Officers followed it to the edge of the city limits, where it went into the foothills," school officials said on Facebook.

The dead llama was located close to Atchison Canyon, where the animal was last seen by officers.

A local veterinarian completed a necropsy on the llama at the request of Trinidad Police. The necropsy revealed that the slit on the llama's neck was 5 inches long and had cut the trachea, esophagus and the left and right jugular and carotid arteries.

Additionally, the veterinarian determined that a puncture on the right abdomen area of the llama was made with what appeared to be a broad head arrow. It penetrated the llama's stomach and small intestines. 

After interviewing the parties involved, officers determined that the llama was shot with an arrow by a 17-year-old male using a longbow. The llama's throat was then slit by Cody Kissman, 18, police said.

Investigators said one of the other parties involved, another 17-year-old male, did not actively participate in the death of the llama but was found to have acted in a conspiracy.

Police said the teens posted pictures of themselves with the dead llama on Facebook.

Kissman and one 17-year-old male are each facing a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.

The other 17-year-old-male is facing a felony charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated cruelty to animals.

All three warrants have a $3,000 cash or surety bond.

Watch a YouTube video below of the llama chase on campus:

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