For Immediate Release: Nov. 6, 2012
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-469-0171
Rio Vista, Texas – Authorities with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) are looking for a possible suspect or suspects involved in the shooting of 1 cow at the Smith Ranch alongside County Road 1220 in Johnson County.
According to TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, 1 cow was found shot in the head with what is believed to have been a large caliber weapon. The cow was found dead in the owner’s field close to County Road 1220. Authorities believe the cow was shot on Sunday, Nov. 4 or Monday, Nov. 5, by someone off the road.
Shooting livestock is a Class A misdemeanor. If charged, suspects could receive up to 1 year in jail and/or up to a $4,000 fine.
Anyone with information on the case should contact Goodman at (817) 309-5048 or Detective Steve Shaw at the Johnson County Sheriff’s office at (817) 558-0024.
TSCRA is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and/or grand jury indictment of a suspect or suspects.
TSCRA has 30 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.