Man charged with killing cow in Clay County

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- A man faces charges after police say he killed one of his neighbor's cows.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office arrested Brandon Watkins, 23, Wednesday.

Farmer Raymond McQueen says he found one of his seven month old calves slaughtered.

He says the crime is a huge setback... for his business.

"Someone just come up here and kill one of your big calf that weights 550-600 lbs worth 900-950 dollars, you know, it's a great big loss," said Raymond McQueen.

Police say they followed footprints in the snow from the cow, to a home next door.

That's where they say they found and arrested Watkins.

He's charged with animal cruelty and criminal mischief.