TikTok video leads BCSO to woman housing ring-tailed lemur
SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A woman was arrested Monday after Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to her unique and illegally owned pets.
Investigators were tipped off to Kristy Lee Arredondo, 35, and the ring-tailed lemurs she reportedly owned via a TikTok video.
When investigators arrived at her home, they found one lemur in a cage and also found the remains of a second behind the back fence on the property. A cause of death for the second lemur was not immediately apparent, Salazar said.
Sheriff Javier Salazar said the living lemur was found to be in distress and noted it was not in good health.
Salazar said the lemurs are considered exotic animals prohibited from being owned within county lines.
Investigators were able to link Arredondo through her dog breeding business on social media known as “Alamo City Frenchie Cartel,” Salazar said.
Arredondo is charged with two counts of cruelty to a non-livestock, a third degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
She remains in the Bexar County jail on a $30,000 bond.