Three arrested in animal cruelty case


Three people were arrested and two were still in jail Friday morning in connection with an animal cruelty case in which horses and cattle died and others were seized earlier near China Spring.

Nineteen-year-old Trentin David Bolden was charged with four counts of cruelty to livestock animals and 20-year-old Keirstin Michele Perkins was charged with one count of cruelty to livestock animals.

Trentin David Bolden and Keirstin Michele Perkins

A third person was charged with misdemeanor making a false report and was not actually booked into the jail.

The investigation began when people began calling the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office to report animals being in bad shape and appearing malnourished.

Some animals were found dead on the property and others died after being seized and rescued.

Court papers filed in support of search and arrest warrants said investigators went to property on Bend of the Bosque Road and were able to see numerous animals on the property that appeared very malnourished, underweight and dehydrated.

One of the affidavits said the pasture they were kept in was very small, only about an acre for over 20 animals.

The affidavit stated that there was only one round bale of hay and bare ground in the pen and that there were only two water troughs, one with two or three inches of water in it and one that was empty.

The affidavit included a description of a yellow Palamino Overo colt with white face and lower legs with white socks that had its hips and ribs showing.

The affidavit quoted the owner as saying she did not leave the horse in that condition and that she had paid and left food for the horses which appeared not to have been provided for them.

The affidavits were filed in support of a search warrant for the property and for the arrest warrant.

The complaint affidavit for Perkins included a description of the condition of a horse that she said was hers that also was underweight with ribs and hips showing. 

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