May 26, 2008
Two more agriculture organizations have joined efforts to locate shooters who killed 10 cows in Tooele County in late June.
Western AgCredit has pledged $1,000 and the Dairy Producers of Utah has added $500 to the reward fund. Utah ranching organizations offer the funds to help locate and convict those responsible, bringing the total to $10,000.
Martin Anderson, Grantsville, Utah, says he found six cows and a calf shot to death on land he has grazed for 50 years. Three other cows had been shot and euthanized as a result. The animals were located not far from a remote road in Northwestern Skull Valley.
The shootings outraged the Utah ranching community which has established a reward account to help find the shooters. Groups making donations are listed below, other than those mentioned above:
Utah Cattlemen's Association: $1,000
The Tooele County and state chapters of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation: $1,000
The Utah Farmer's Union: $1,000.
The Humane Society of Utah: $5,000
Animals had bullet wounds in their heads, torsos, shoulders and hips, and many were shot multiple times. Anderson says he found the animals April 25, and their injuries appeared to be a day or two old. He estimates his losses at $10,000-$15,000.
Felony charges will be brought against any suspects.
Anyone with information should contact the Tooele County Sheriff's office at (435) 843-4705.
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