Couple Facing Animal Cruelty Charges Named in Personal Injury Suit

A Bengal tiger is one of the many species authorities found when they raided the home of a Texas couple. A Texas couple already facing a slew of animal cruelty charges have been named in a personal injury lawsuit that claims one of their dogs bit a former employee, reported KWTX News.

The plaintiff, Dina Maze, alleges that in 2008, while she was employed by Curtis and Racine Moore on their Coryell County ranch, a dog she was told to feed bit her. The suit also names the Moore's landlord Gary Freidel, who was leasing property to the couple at the time, according to the news station.

The news report said the Moores left Freidel's property soon after the incident and moved to a new home where they were arrested in January after hundreds of animals were seized. Authorities found 39 horses, 230 dogs, 13 rodents, 18 cats, a primate, a deer, a raccoon, a monitor lizard, two Bengal tigers and two mountain lions on their property.

They both face 10 counts of cruelty to livestock animals, two counts of illegal dumping and 64 counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals.

Individuals who mistreat animals may be more likely to commit other crimes as well. According to the American Humane Society, one study found that 70 percent of animal abusers also had records for other offenses.