Authorities are investigating the death and mutilation of a cow outside of Fossil, OR. The black Angus cow, worth about $1,000, was found Thursday dead and mutilated with tongue, genitals and reproductive organs cut out. According to The Capital Press, her carcass was found upright, front legs tucked underneath which is a position investigators say they haven’t seen before.
The cause of death is unknown. By the time authorities arrived, the animal had likely been dead a few days, past the window to perform a necropsy.
This isn’t the first time David Hunt, owner of Hunt Ranch and a partner-producer for Painted Hills Natural Beef Inc., has lost an animal to mutilation. In December, he found a dead bull in the snow with its nose, lips, ears, tongue, tail and genitals removed and blood drained.
The FBI has files on thousands of killings and mutilations of cattle across the U.S. since the 1970s. The animals are usually found with the same body parts missing, and at this point, no one has been arrested.
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