UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- The Union County Sheriff's Office says three men have been arrested for stabbing and mutilating a llama.
The Union County Sheriff's Office has charged 18-year-old James Robert Lee, Alexander Samuel Clark, 20, and 22-year-old Cody Wyatt Bray with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, second-degree trespassing and cruelty to animals.
"They did what they needed to do," said Tammy Limer, the President of Borderline Farms. "Which was heinous."
Authorities say Lee, Clark and Bray trespassed onto a llama and alpaca farm on South Rocky River Road last Wednesday and chased down, stabbed and mutilated one of the farm's llamas.
Limer's farm has 60 alpacas and half a dozen llamas, but deputies say Wednesday afternoon, Lee, Clark and Bray went onto the farm, stabbed a llama several times and then cut it in half. Its body was found in two different places.
According to the Sheriff's Office, one half of the llama's body was found in a pond on the farm, while the second half of the animal was found on a dirt path off of Walk About Road.
"It was a horrible death," Limer said. "She was one of my pets."
10-year old "Mighty" was the victim of the attack.
"I know these animals well enough to know that she laid there and screamed," Limer said.
Limer says ever since the incident, her alpacas and llamas won't go toward the back of the farm where the men attacked Mighty.
"The animals stay up here, they won't go back there," Limer said. "It bothers me. It makes me mad."