PETA Joins Sheriff's Office in Search for Culprit(s) Who Shot at Least Eight Cows With a Rifle
For Immediate Release:
August 9, 2017
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Carlsbad, N.M. – On Monday, July 31, eight cows were found dead, having sustained gunshot wounds from a .22-caliber rifle, at 634 Angel Ranch Rd. in Carlsbad. The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office has ruled out an accidental shooting and is reportedly investigating the case as “extreme animal cruelty,” a fourth-degree felony. The incident comes after another cow was shot and killed in Eddy County in June.
The sheriff’s office has yet to make any arrests in the case, prompting PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—to offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.
“These cows would have endured agonizing pain as they slowly died from gunshot blasts to the body,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward before whoever is responsible guns down any more sensitive animals.”
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact Detective Daniel Taschner or Lt. Matt Hutchinson at the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office at 575-887-7551.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.