A reward is being offered for help in finding the person or persons responsible for shooting nearly a dozen cattle in the head, over the weekend, in Jeff Davis Parish.
Jeff Faul, the owner of the cattle, tells News 10 he was shocked when he noticed that between eight and 12 of his cows were shot in the head.
“You’re not looking for that when you go check your cattle,” explains Faul. “You’re not thinking that you’re going to have a bullet holes in your cattle so it took me a little while to realize what happened till I really got down and looked and saw everything was bullet holes.”
Jeff Davis Parish Deputies responded to a pasture off of Faul Road and Lone Pine Road, North of Welsh, earlier this week to examine what happened.
Christopher Ivey, Chief Deputy with the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, says, “It seems to be a small caliber weapon that was used or they shot from a distance that was far enough that it didn’t penetrate the cattle skull.”
Faul adds, “This is my livelihood. You just soon burn my house down, buddy. You really… you just soon burn my house down. This is how I make a living and if you’re going to in any kind of way try and stop me from making a living. Me and you are going to have a problem. You can’t do that.”
Faul says he doesn’t believe the suspect was targeting him.
“They were just driving along and saw them and it was an opportunity to do something stupid I guess. They did it and these cattle were shot,” explains Faul. “I do not know the long-term effects of having a bullet in their head. They’re not supposed to have a bullet in their head.”
The cows that were shot are still alive, but authorities are still searching for the alleged suspect(s) who may have done this. They will face charges of illegal discharge of a weapon as well as animal cruelty.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office at (337) 821-2100, the Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission at (225) 925-3962 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-558-9741.