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· KY: Police: Teenagers confess to shooting cattle with AR-15
· ID: Someone is shooting livestock and llamas. Police hope to catch him in the act
· NM: Animal Rights Group Offers Reward for Info on Cattle Deaths
Police: Teenagers confess to shooting cattle with AR-15
By Justin Kase, WYMT (KY)
Aug 10, 2017
Pike County, Ky. (WYMT) - Two Pike County men said they feel overwhelmed after discovering eight of their cows were shot and another four are missing. The shooting happened in the Stone community in Pike County. Joe Yates and Danny Branham said two teenagers used an AR-15 to shoot their cattle several times each.
"When I saw them, it was a sick feeling", said Branham. "You know that you've fed them and cared for them and taken care of them."
Branham said he did not know the motive the teenagers had for shooting his cattle. He told WYMT, of the eight that have been killed, five of them were pregnant and the other three were young calves.
"We had one young calf we had to kill", said Branham. "They had hit it in the spine in it's back. And all it could do was just paw around, just try to crawl around."
Yates and Branham care about their animals, but the cattle business is also meant to support them after retirement. They estimate the total value of the cows that were killed to be around $20,000.
"We did this hoping that we could build enough to when we retire, we would have a little extra cash for us and for our livelihood", said Yates. "It's for our families."
Yates discovered a video circulating on social media after his cows were killed. It was of two teenagers showing off a large amount of ammunition and a rifle. Later, the teens were seen recording themselves near the farm where the cows were located...
Someone is shooting livestock and llamas. Police hope to catch him in the act
Mychel Matthews, Times News/MagicValley.com (ID)
CURRY — Someone has been shooting livestock and leaving the animals to die.
Steve Westphal, who lives just east of Curry Crossing on U.S. 30 west of Twin Falls, raises llamas in his pasture behind the Twin Falls County Historical Museum. Three weeks ago he had 10; now his favorites, Big Mama and Snowie, are dead — shot and killed in separate incidents.
Westphal is outraged and confused. So is cattleman Cory Alger.
Alger raises Angus beef cows in a pasture just east of Westphal’s property. A shooter killed his prize bull and a heifer in still another incident.
“It’s crazy,” Algers said Wednesday. “I don’t get it.”
The four deaths can’t be a coincidence, he said.
The common denominator connecting the shootings is the railroad track that runs behind Westphal’s house. Algers thinks the shooter walked or drove on the railroad right of way to get to all four animals.
His son found the 2,000-pound bull — worth about $4,500 — and the 800-pound heifer Aug. 3, lying just south of the tracks, about 500 feet west of 2600 East. Alger said the shootings happened about two days earlier.
Deputy Levi Meyer responded to Alger’s call to the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office.
“There was no way of telling anything by then,” Meyer said. “Both were in full bloat when I got there.”
Meyer said the only hope of finding the shooter at this point is “catching him in the act.”
Westphal found Snowie dead several weeks ago. It didn’t occur to him that she had been shot — until he found Big Mama dead on Sunday. The bullet hole was obvious.
“She was gut shot,” he said...
Animal Rights Group Offers Reward for Info on Cattle Deaths
An animal rights group is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for shootings of cattle in the Carlsbad area of southeastern New Mexico.
via U.S. News & World Report - Aug. 9, 2017
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — An animal rights group is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for shootings of cattle in the Carlsbad area of southeastern New Mexico.
The reward offered by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals follows the announcement by the Eddy County Sheriff's Office that six cattle were shot and killed on two properties last week.
Investigators have said the shootings weren't accidental and that they don't believe the cows are being killed for meat because they were left in fields.
PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien says...