Bell County cattle owners devastated by animal slaughter

Bell County cattle owners devastated by animal slaughter

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The cattle owners have teamed together to offer a $1,500 reward for anyone with information. The cattle owners have teamed together to offer a $1,500 reward for anyone with information.
"We first heard about our neighbors and we came to check ours and found we had more carnage than the neighbors did," Carroll Gibbons said. "We first heard about our neighbors and we came to check ours and found we had more carnage than the neighbors did," Carroll Gibbons said.
"I find it odd that they drove to several different places to kill cows," said Deputy Shane Stewart. "I find it odd that they drove to several different places to kill cows," said Deputy Shane Stewart.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WATE) - Bell County sheriff's deputies are searching for a suspect that slaughtered cows on three different farms last Wednesday evening.

They have a solid lead on who might have killed the cows, but are puzzled as to why someone would do it.

"Most of them were shot in the face or head somewhere," explained Carroll Gibbons, the owner of nearly a dozen cows slaughtered by a person on a four-wheeler.

Gibbons has been raising cattle for 45 years. Last week he received the devastating news about his cattle.

"We first heard about our neighbors and we came to check ours and found we had more carnage than the neighbors did," Gibbons said, shaking his head in disbelief.

Three cattle farmers lease land at the industrial park in Bell County. Their properties are hundreds of feet apart, yet all three had cows killed in the span of one evening. That's a fact that has the sheriff's office puzzled.

"I find it odd that they drove to several different places to kill cows. The first location that they killed the two, they could have shot 30, but they chose to drive on to another area and shoot two more," said Deputy Shane Stewart, with the Bell County Sheriff's Department.

Gibbons lost 11 cows, the others lost at least two each and several calves are missing from the properties.

"We found the four-wheeler tracks and it appears they just drove up on these cattle, shot them and drove right off. Right now we know they were shot with two different caliber ammunitions, we found 12-gauge shotgun rounds, there were .22-caliber shells that were used," Stewart explained.

Investigators do have a lead on a suspect, but say making an arrest could be tough.

"It's kind of difficult to make an arrest on something like this, it's not like investigating something like this with a human," said Stewart.

Gibbons says the loss of his cattle will hurt him financially, costing him more than $5,000 in lost profit. He says he hopes the person responsible will be brought to justice.

The owners have teamed together to offer a $1,500 reward for anyone with information.

"I would like to make an appeal to a person who has heard something that they will be honest enough to give us a report on it," Gibbons pleaded. "A farmer really gets attached to his animals, so it's devastating."

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