|Updated: 3/16/2013 11:45 pm
||Published: 3/15/2013 3:37 pm
The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a pregnant cow.
Deputies responded to a call on Thursday night near Chelsea. A pregnant cow had been shot, the veterinarian was able to save the calf but the cow had to be put down.
Ranch foreman, Nathan Arnold looks over 300 cattle for the cattle's owner. Someone called him Thursday afternoon and said one of his cows was dead. He went over to look and saw she had been shot but he wanted to try to save the calf.
"I called our veterinarian because I knew he was nearby, said Arnold. “He was able to perform an emergency C-section and save the calf. I was so angry while he was doing it because her mother was not going to make it."
He did see some of the silver lining.
"At least something good came out of this horrible situation."
The calf was only a few days away from having a regular birth.
Sheriff Scott Walton is already making headway in catching whoever shot the mother cow.
"This was a senseless crime; no one gained anything from this," said Walton.
In last two years Rogers County has faced a several cattle crimes. In August of 2011, five cattle were killed and three shot by a bow and arrow. In May of 2012, two people were arrested for that crime. They had to pay $85,000 each to the ranchers and are not allowed to hunt while on probation for four years, after a year of boot camp.
"I hope that sent a message to whoever shot the mother cow this time," said Walton.
In 2012 more cattle were either shot, slaughtered, or stolen in Rogers County.
“These thugs and thieves seem to have the mindset that people living in rural areas are careless about their livestock and equipment; but this is their livelihood out here and they are prepared when some criminals show up,” said Walton. “Some have cameras set up and others were hand-in hand with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association to bring these criminals to justice.”
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association donated reward money to the people who turned in the two men who shot the cattle in August with bows and arrows.
The person responsible for shooting the mother cow on Thursday faces animal cruelty charges. Anyone with information is asked to call the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office at 918-341-3620.