Investigators say four cattle killed by mud riders

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Over the last month, cases involving cattle have been present in St. Landry Parish.

Cases ranging from abandonment to kidnapping.

Now it has been taken up a notch and in deadly fashion.

“Looked at the cow, I could see her front leg was broke and she was bleeding out the mouth. The cow was about to have a calf too she was heavy breed,” says cattle owner Tony Fontenot.

Fontenot owns 200 cattle here on the levee.

He says a friend who checks on his cattle for him came upon a disturbing find on Saturday morning.

Four cattle were found dead after what witnesses say sounded like mud riding.

The area is private property and Fontenot even put up a sign because of previous trespassing.

According to him, the security camera was ripped out and the evidence of tracks is clear.

“Instead of just driving on top of the levee they drove down and they cut ruts,” says Fontenot.”

Fontenot says he has voiced complaints about trespassing in the past but in his words “can only cry wolf so many times.”

He says he has trouble with losing cattle from natural causes and incidents like this put further strain on a cattle owner.

“It’s a hard thing raising cattle and whatnot with people that with people who don’t care about other people’s property,” says Fontenot.

Investigators are asking for help tracking down suspects.

There is up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. 

The phone number for St. Landry Parish Crimestoppers is 337-948-TIPS.

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