Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 29, 2014

Tazewell County Sheriff’s office seeks public’s help in cow-killing case

TAZEWELL, Va. — The Tazewell County Sheriff’s office hopes the public can provide assistance in an investigation into the death of two cows that were shot on March 17.

“The two beef cows were killed in a field that was 75 yards from the roadway,” Lt. Jonathan Hankins of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office said. “One of the cows was due to have a calf in two to three weeks.”

Hankins said that a person or persons unknown killed the two cows with a small caliber firearm. “I don’t know if the person or persons who killed the cows used a handgun or a rifle,” he said.

Hankins said he has been investigating the incident since it was first reported, but thus far, he hasn’t had any leads.

“We went on Facebook in hopes that someone in the public will be aware of what happened and will want to help with the investigation,” Hankins said.

“Losing two full grown cows like that is hard on the farmer that raised them,” Hankins said. “Two cows like that are worth a lot of money, but it’s more than that to me. A cow is defenseless. It can’t run away from someone who wants to shoot it like that.”

Hankins asked anyone who can provide help with the investigation to respond on the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or call (276) 988-0902.

“Please contact us if you have any information about this crime,” Hankins said.

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