GATESVILLE (October 1, 2012)--A Coryell County couple pleaded guilty to illegal dumping Monday in a case that involved the mistreatment of dozens of animals.
Curtis and Racine Moore, who were each originally charged with 10 counts of cruelty to livestock animals, two counts of illegal dumping and an additional 64 counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals, were originally scheduled to go on trial in April, but the trial was postponed.
Racine Moore was sentenced Monday to two years of deferred adjudication probation and her husband was sentenced to five years deferred adjudication probation, which means if they successfully complete their terms, the convictions will be erased from their records.
The Moores were arrested on Jan. 31, 2011 after authorities executed search and seizure warrants on their ranch and home on Marriott Road in southwestern Coryell County.
The original warrant was for the seizure of horses, but investigators discovered more than they expected as they searched the property.
As a result, the 39 horses were delivered to a Gatesville veterinarian and a second seizure warrant was obtained for another 230 dogs, 13 rodents, 18 cats, a primate, a deer, a raccoon, a monitor lizard, two Bengal tigers and two mountain lions.
The Houston office of the SPCA took custody of all of the animals except for the horses, which were placed in the care of the vet in Gatesville.