Cattle killer sought in Santa Barbara County
January 5, 2016
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a person or person who allegedly shot and killed a 3-year-old black cow and a 2-year-old Black Angus bull. [KSBY]
A caretaker discovered the dead cattle on Dec. 26 while conducting a check of a property near Harris Grade Road and Highway 135 between Orcutt and Los Alamos. The caretaker had last seen the animals alive three days earlier.
The sheriff’s office received multiple reports of cattle shot and lying on the side of the road. Deputies responded on the morning of Dec. 27 and found the cattle.
A piece of the bull’s tenderloin was missing. It appeared to have been removed by a sharp object.
Due to the large size of the cattle, when the deputies arrived, they did not manage to turn over the animals to confirm they had been shot.
The sheriff’s rural crimes unit is investigating the case. Detectives plan to charge the person or persons responsible for the death of the cattle with trespassing and grand theft.
Investigators request that anyone with information about the case call Detective John McCarthy at (805) 934-6512.