Felix Moriel Charged with Animal Cruelty – 156 counts
Felix Moriel has been found incompetent to stand trial for his charges of aggravated kidnapping, resisting, exposure, and animal cruelty. He had been ordered to treatment under the custody of a New Mexico mental health facility.
“Stipulated Order finding the Defendant incompetent and Dangerous and Committing Defendant to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute for Treatment.”
Many dogs are still in need of homes at Cherished K-9 All Breed Rescue.
If interested in adopting or sponsoring a rescue dog from this case please visit the following:
- Cherished K-9 All Breed Rescue in Las Cruces, NM
These rescue dogs are being boarded at Howl A Day Inn Boarding and Training with Melina Garos.
Visit Cherished K-9 All Breed Rescue online here: Cherished K-9 All Breed Rescue: Animals available for adoption.
Visit Howl A Day Inn’s facebook page here.
Call Carla Baker in Las Cruces, NM at 575-496-6085
Call Melina Garos at Howl a Day Inn in El Paso, TX at 915-355-7949
- Animal Reiki & Energy Works in Alamogordo, NM
These rescue dogs are being temporarily housed at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Alamgordo, NM and will need homes soon. Visit their page at Fairgrounds Rescue Dogs on Facebook.
Call Shirley Famborough in Alamogordo, NM at 575-491-9577
- Enchanted Pass Animal Rescue, Chaparral, NM
These rescue dogs are being housed at Enchanted Pass Animal Rescue in Chaparral, NM.
Contact Illiana Guzman at EnchantedPass.org
Here’s the story from K-FOX’s Genevieve Curtis
The Otero County Sheriff’s Department arrested Felix Moriel, Sunday night on 156 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. In September, deputies discovered more than 200 dogs were living at Moriel’s “dog sanctuary” in Chaparral. KFOX14 obtained the arrest affidavit detailing the 156 counts which state Moriel “did negligently mistreat, injure, kill an animal without justification or torment an animal or abandon or failing to provide necessary substance to an animal under his custody or control.”
The affidavit also says there were approximately 200 dogs on the property at the time of Moriel’s arrest. Investigators stated they found 12 dead dogs on the property in “different stages of decomposition.” They also found six puppies in plastic baggies inside a freezer. The affidavit states there was an overwhelming smell of “death and decay.” The affidavit also goes on to state several of the dogs had their “ears torn off and tails chewed off.” It also said several of the dogs had injuries were not medically treated. According to the document Moriel admitted that at one time he had 400 dogs at his home.
KFOX14 also spoke to Randy Winn, who has power of attorney of Moriel’s estate. He showed us documents of animal cruelty charges against Moriel in 2012. Allegedly, there was also bestiality videos found at Moriel’s home. Several rescues took in many of the dogs and worked with them over the past four and a half months to make them adoptable.