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Arrests Made In Alpaca Killings

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(Courtesy Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association)

(Courtesy Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association)

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WESTBROOK, Conn. (AP) _ Two Westbrook men have been arrested in connection with the stabbing deaths of four alpacas on an Essex farm in December.

The Middletown Press reports (http://bit.ly/HSg7rz ) that 21-year-old Kyle Rossetti was charged with animal cruelty, burglary and other offenses. He was held on $75,000 bond.

Shawn Malcarne was charged with conspiracy to commit animal cruelty, burglary and other offenses. The 23-year-old Malcarne was held on $50,000 bond.

Trooper Chris Reid said the men turned themselves in Tuesday on warrants for the killing of several alpacas at the Applesauce Acres farm. He says additional arrests are possible as the investigation continues.

It was not known Wednesday if Rossetti and Malcarne are represented by lawyers.

In January, alpaca farm owner George MacLauchlan increased a reward to $13,000 from $2,500 to find the killers.

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Information from: The Middletown Press, http://www.middletownpress.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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