Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Guthrie County, IA: Authorities Investigating Case of Illegal Cow Butchering

Authorities in Guthrie County (a small west-of-center county in Iowa) are investigating a report of "illegal cow butchering" that occurred on Christmas Day:
The incident happened at a farm operation near the town of Menlo, according to authorities. Deputies were initially called to the farm area on suspicion of a burglary. When they arrived, they noticed blood on the roadway and raw cow flesh and hide in a nearby ditch. Authorities say they noticed a gate to a corral next to the ditch was open and continued walking into the pasture next to it. At that time, authorities found a cow cut in two large pieces behind the corral.
According to farmer Keith Partlow:
"The cops were able to get some good boot prints in the snow and blood," Partlow posted. "Neighbor up the road reported a break-in at one of his sheds. He has a security camera system so hopefully they can see who it was."
The cow was reportedly shot, cut in half, and then gutted. The value of the slaughtered animal is estimated at $2,000. The suspect faces charges of trespassing, livestock abuse, felony theft, and criminal mischief.

It's not pretty, but I've posted some graphic images of the cow carcass following this page break.

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