3 arrested for alpaca beating

Stacie Mullins (Source: Middletown Jail)
Stacie Mullins (Source: Middletown Jail)
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MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX190 - Rebecca Hardin says you can still see the faint trail of blood where her baby alpaca was beaten and dragged in the street.
"It was sickening to realize that an animal you love has been beaten by young kids," Hardin said.
Stacie Mullins, 22, is the woman charged with complicity to the beating death. Butler County Sheriff's deputies say Mullins drove two teenagers to a Madison Township farm to steal the 2- month-old alpaca last month.
The owners of the alpaca initially thought it had been hit by a car, but deputies say what the teens admitted to doing was much worse.
"Striking it with a board several times in the side and the head, killing it and taking it and dumping it in Montgomery county," said Det. Mike Gutowski of the Butler County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities say the teens tortured the alpaca for fun.
"We think it broke ribs and punctured its lung, they realized that it wasn't dead, they could hear it gargling," Gutowski said.
"The one that got killed was Masterpiece, he was really feisty and played a lot," Hardin said.
Hardin says while nothing can bring Masterpiece back, she's relieved to know the teens will have consequences for their cruelty.
"Justice is served," Hardin said.
The two teens are in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center,  charged with animal cruelty, breaking and entering and tampering with evidence.
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