The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for information regarding who might be responsible for the shooting last weekend of several cows in a pasture owned by David Meador at the intersection of the Foxville and Kell Roads.
According to deputy’s reports, three of Meador’s cows were found shot to death Sunday, still others were injured and had to be put down. It is expected the total loss to be approximately $6,000. Reports indicate the cattle were last seen alive Thursday, Nov. 21.
Deputies believe the cows were intentionally shot from the roadway, which was about 50 feet from the animals. While it was the first weekend of firearm deer hunting season, it is unlikely, say deputies, that the cows had been confused for deer. They also note that while no bullets have been recovered at this time, the wounds do not appear to have been made by a shotgun.
To be processed at a slaughterhouse, animals must be able to walk off a truck, so the meat from the cows cannot be salvaged.
Anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact Marion County Crimestoppers at 800-499-UTELL, or 800-499-8835. A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. You do not have to give your name to receive the reward.