For Immediate Release: June 5, 2012
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-469-0171
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of suspects involved with the killing and butchering of a calf in Rogers County, Okla.
On May 27, rancher Rob Bacon discovered one of his calves skinned and butchered on the east side of County Road 4200, a quarter-mile south of 300 Road, 6 miles northwest of Chelsea.
Authorities believe the calf was dragged through a barbed wire fence then killed and butchered in the middle of the roadway.
This is the third calf butchered in the area in the past 6 months, said TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, who is working the investigation in conjunction with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office.
If charged the suspects could receive up to 5 years in prison on cruelty to animal charges.
Anyone with information is asked to call TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333.
TSCRA has 29 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
TSCRA is a 135 year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 15,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.