Two animals shot
By carla Noah stutsman
A local landowner was shocked to find his two female donkeys shot dead on Easter Sunday.
Now, Parker County Sheriff’s criminal investigators are asking for help from the public to help identify and locate the person or people responsible for the act.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the landowner found the donkeys on his property in the 7300 block of Veal Station Road.
The donkeys lived on about 600 acres of pasture, and were inside a secured fence about 300 yards from FM 730 South. The landowner told deputies he had checked on his livestock at midnight the previous evening, but went back around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 1 to find the donkeys dead.
The landowner also reported he found one of his cows dead on the same property Tuesday, March 27. The deceased cow was found floating in a pond located on the property.
A local veterinarian performed a necropsy and extensive exams on the animals, and has provided investigators with leads. Test results are pending.
Fowler said it is heart-breaking to find animals killed at the hands of a suspect who holds no regard for the life or property of another.
“We intend to investigate this case fully,” Fowler said. “We will also seek to file this case as felony offenses with the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at (817) 594-8845, or the Parker County Crime Stoppers hotline at (817) 599-5555. Informants may remain anonymous when calling the Crime Stoppers Hotline.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the persons involved.