Donations come in after cattle killed

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Updated: 8/11/2011 3:58 pm Published: 8/09/2011 2:30 pm

Good samaritans are making donations to help a Rogers County family after someone killed several of their cows.

After the KVOO radio stations shared our story on air Dr. Kim Huckaby, a local veterinarian, donated a cow to help a girl who was raising one of the killed cows for her 4H project. There was also a $1,250 donation for the girl's college fund.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward to catch whoever is killing cows in Rogers County, that's is in addition to a $1,000 reward offered by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

Two ranchers near Oologah went to check on their cattle Tuesday morning and found eight of them had been shot with arrows.

"It's something you haven't heard of something you are not prepared for,” says rancher Steve Branen.
A total of five animals were killed. Three were Branen’s cows.

His neighbor, Lyle Blakley, had two killed. One of his surviving bulls had an arrow barely miss his spine and went through his both sides of his loin.

Mr. Blakely raised the bull so they named him Cropear because when he was a calf the dogs chewed on his ears.

"We just gave him a big dose of vitamin K and some antibiotics and will just have to wait and see,” says Blakley.

He hopes his money making bull will heal before the next breeding season.

"The value of him is quite high,” says Blakley.

He can’t believe someone was so cruel as to shoot and arrow at the bull.

"It was sticking out both sides. The razor part was off,” says Blakley.

The bull is one of eight cattle targeted. Five died and Rogers County Sheriff’s deputies say the bow and arrows were used from about 150 feet away.

Investigators don’t know why but believe it’s mischief.

"Much like a hunting arrow,” says Sheriff Scott Walton. “Nothing we would like more than to bring some thug to justice who thinks this is a funny entertaining way of spending the evening."

Mr. Blakley also lost a cow ready to calve.

"My cow that was dead it went right in the chest and buried up in there and it was all the way inside. We had to cut it out of her,” says Blakley.

His neighbor Steve Branen lost all of his cows hit by the arrows. He estimates a $4,500 loss, some of which went to his daughters’ college funds.

"Being around cows all of my life have never experienced this,” says Branen, "who would have thought this would have happened?"

Both say they are not angry at the attackers about the loss.

"It just really disappoints me that someone would do that,” says Mr. Blakley.

Branen says the animals are sold and also raised as show cattle for 4-H and FFA.

"They were getting ready to calve and that's an exciting time to watch them be born and dancing around out there,” says Branen.

Now the ranchers won’t see the births and the summer drought is making it tougher by careless shooters armed with arrows.

"Keep going what else is there to do?"

If you have any information call the Rogers County Sheriff's Tip Line at 918-341-3620.

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