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Bell County farmers increase reward in cattle shooting case


BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Four Bell County farmers are increasing the reward to find out who shot and killed their cattle last week.

The reward is now $1,500.

The number of dead cows has nearly doubled in the past week.

"There was more devastation than what we thought there was," said David Gibbons.

He says once they examined the entire pasture on Bailey Hill, they found more cows with gunshots but still alive.

"We found they had been shot in the jaws," said David Gibbons.

They had to put down several cows and so did other farmers.

"We know each one by name and to go and put that in the ground and cover it up, that's a sad situation," said Carroll Gibbons.

Sheriff's Deputies say at least twenty-four cows are dead between four farmers. Several calves are still missing. Farmers say the financial losses add up to $40,000.

The farmers are increasing the reward up to $1,500 for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction. They hope the money will lead someone to come forward.

"It'd mean a lot to me to know who'd done it. Most of our cows are our own blood," said Carroll Gibbons.

The farmers say they found shotgun shells and two sets of four-wheeler tracks in the pastures near the dead cows but no other evidence.

"It's just devastating for somebody to do that. It's almost like somebody coming into your own home and breaking in," said David Gibbons.

Carroll Gibbons asks the people responsible to come forward. "There might be leniency if you turn yourself in, but if we have to go through the due process of the law, the leniency will be off," he said.

Anyone with information on the cattle shooting should call the Bell County Sheriff's Department.


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