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.