Another case of livestock being killed was reported yesterday in Sioux County. This wasn't the first time an animal was killed on this property
We spoke with the North Dakota Stockmen's Association who were the ones that responded to the call of a mutilated horse. It was killed in the same pasture where, earlier this week, two cows were shot and injured and, over the past couple of weeks, five other animals were killed and 30 others went missing.
The attacks happened near the protest camps, but the stockmen's association is treating the attacks like any other case, and not making assumptions into who committed the crime. "The investigators in the case aren't making any assumptions about who's responsible. And so, again, the proximity is near where some of the campsites are, but that doesn't mean that is necessarily tied together," said Julie Ellingson, the executive Vice President of the NDSA. We weren't given details on the exact location of the property for privacy reasons, but we were told all four incidents occurred in Sioux County.
The details of what happened to the horse were pretty gruesome. Steve Bay, the investigator on the case said, "you could tell they surgically removed it using a knife and did some deboning, I believe, in order to get rid of the evidence from it being shot. everything was in tact except from the front shoulders to the head. that part was all skinned and removed."
There aren't any leads yet, but the Stockmen's Association is offering up to 14,000 dollars for any tips on the crime."We're following up every little detail, and getting a few phone calls here and there, and just following it up. It's going to be a tough case to crack, but with the reward and like I said, a few tips have been coming in, and maybe something will turn up," said Bay. If you have any information on the attacks, you are urged to call the North Dakota Stockmen's Association or the Sioux County Sheriff's Office.
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