Two Texas teenagers admitted to shooting a llama and beheading another.
On March 5, the 16-year-old boys attacked the llamas, named Lorenzo and La Tida, at the Figment Ranch in Cypress, ABC News reports.
“Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes a bizarre case that makes you wonder what goes through people’s minds, especially young people,” Constable Alan Rosen told KTRK, according to ABC News.
Lorenzo, a guard llama, survived being shot twice by the teens.
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“He was trying to protect [La Tida],” ranch co-owner Ruby Herron said. “He was the best guard in the world.”
One of the bullets remains lodged next to Lorenzo’s spine, and doctors believe removing it could be deadly, Herron said.
“Now he is so frightened every time someone comes up,” she said. “His whole personality has changed.”
La Tida, a show-quality, champion llama, was decapitated.
“It’s a feeling that you never want to have,” Herron, who was devastated when she saw the gruesome decapitation, said. “These kids need help. I don’t know what would even possess them.”
According to Rosen, the case is one of the most disturbing instances of animal cruelty to take place in the Houston area in recent months, KHOU reports.
“What we worry about is someone who’s willing to do that will transition to doing this to humans," Rosen said. "This is a segue to doing other things. That was a big area of concern for us.”
The teens attempted to destroy evidence they kept from the attack when police began investigating them, Rosen said.
They were arrested on their last day of school at Tomball High School.
The teens are in police custody and have each been charged with one count of animal cruelty and two counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief.