SLIPPERY ROCK TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — State police in Lawrence County are investigating after a pregnant Texas Longhorn cow was shot and killed in Slippery Rock Township.
According to police, the owner of the cow had been feeding her in an attempt to get her back into a fenced-in area along Copper Road.
When the owner went to put feed out just before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, police say he found the cow, named Maple, dead.
Investigators say the cow was killed near the feeding area.
A veterinarian was called in and determined she had a gunshot wound to the left side of her body.
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“They’re pretty upset about that, pretty angry, that someone would do that,” said Dr. Robert Maro, who removed the bullet from Maple’s left side.
He believed the shooter used a rifle and was experienced.
“It was a quick kill. It went right through the lungs. Somebody knew what they were doing when they shot her,” the doctor said.
The unborn calf also died as a result of the shooting.
“It’s really sad. You know. We saw it around here. It felt like it was kind of part of our neighborhood. I don’t’ know who would do that,” said neighbor Alex Ringler.
“I saw on social media and pictures. It’s really upsetting.”
In a Facebook post, saying it’s hard to believe how many “inconsiderate people there are in this world.” She called the killing senseless.
State police are asking anyone with information on this animal cruelty case to contact their New Castle barracks at 724-598-2211. They admit solving the case will be tough with no witnesses.