Cattle killer sought in Santa Barbara County

January 5, 2016

Downed CowSanta 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.



  1. SLO_Johnny says:

    It’s the space aliens, they’re back. Keep an eye open for UFOs. The human abductions and medical experiments will likely start soon….Wait a minute, I have to adjust the tin foil I wearing to deflect the CIAs mind reading beams.

    (-4) 8 Total Votes - 2 up - 6 down
  2. Rambunctious says:

    “A piece of the bull’s tenderloin was missing. It appeared to have been removed by a sharp object.”

    I told you food stamps are not enough!

    (2) 12 Total Votes - 7 up - 5 down
  3. Pelican1 says:

    Look for a person (s) who are abusive to humans as well. They typically abuse parents, children, spuses and thought to be friends.
    These people are very dangerous.

    (0) 10 Total Votes - 5 up - 5 down
  4. Slowerfaster says:

    The LEO’S probably shot it 16 more times, claiming it was advancing and that they ‘felt’ their lives were in danger.

    (-5) 21 Total Votes - 8 up - 13 down
  5. Slowerfaster says:

    Tom Lehrer: “The Hunting Song” ….

    “Oh, I can still remember, it was last year in November,
    I went out to hunt some deer, on a morning bright and clear.
    I went and shot the maximum the game laws would allow;
    Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow.

    On this I will not trifle, I took down my trusty rifle, and went out to stalk my prey.
    What a haul I made that day !
    I tied them on my fender and I got ’em home somehow;
    Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow.

    Oh, the law, it was firm, it took away my permits;
    The worst punishment I could ever endure.
    I found out there was a reason, COWS were out of season,
    And one of the hunters….wasn’t insured !

    People ask me how I do it, and I say, “Ain’t nothing to it !
    You just stand there looking cute…and when something moves, you shoot !”

    Now there’s ten stuffed heads in my trophy room right now;
    Two game wardens,
    Seven hunters,
    And a purebred Geurnsey cow !

    (-2) 18 Total Votes - 8 up - 10 down
  6. jimmy_me says:

    To save everyone else the effort, let me be the first to blame this sad event directly on Adam Hill.

    (15) 27 Total Votes - 21 up - 6 down
  7. joseywales says:

    this story should be put side by side with the endless stories of LEO’s shooting cows dead that wandered out of their pastures…..for our “safety”

    (-4) 16 Total Votes - 6 up - 10 down

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