SAN ANTONIO — Police were stunned to discover nearly a dozen people gathered in a packed Texas garage involved in the ritual sacrifice of several chickens, goats and other animals.
Deputies with the Bexar County Sheriff’s office arrived at the home late Friday after getting receiving an animal cruelty complaint, and found 11 people huddled around a table, dismembering the animals with knives.
“It appears that they were having some sort of unknown ritual,” Sheriff’s Sgt. Elizabeth Gonzalez told the San Antonio Express. “One of the other persons was holding up a chicken and draining blood into a container. There was containers there. There was heads of what looked like goats and animals dead and alive inside.”
She said the responding officer speaks fluent English and Spanish, but the group was “speaking a different language the officer did not recognize.”
Multiple dead and mutilated animals were found inside the home, including goat heads, Gonzalez said.
Eleven men and women — ranging in age from 23 to 65 — were charged with cruelty to livestock animals.
They were identified as 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.