Larose Rancher Finds Mutilated Cattle In Field
by: Katina A. Gaudet http://www.houmatoday.com/news/stories/10054001003n6.html
LAROSE -- A Larose cattleman returning from an out-of-town trip came home to an unpleasant discovery Monday - a mutilated cow and an unborn calf that had been removed from its mother's womb.
Ray Cheramie, who owns pasture and raises cattle behind the Larose Landing subdivision north of Larose, said two of his field hands discovered the slain cattle late Sunday on his property.
They told him of their find about noon Monday when he returned home.
The cow, which was about 2 years old, was nearing the birth of her first calf.
Both animals had been mutilated.
"Someone cut the stomach open and removed the baby calf, cut the ear off the baby calf and also cut one of the front hooves off right at the first joint," said Cheramie. "Three of the mother's milking tips on the cow's milk bag were also cut off."
Cheramie said he reported the incident to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry Weidel said the investigation into the deaths of Cheramie's cattle is still under way. The animals are worth between $1,200 and $1,500.
Afterward, Cheramie reported the incident to an enforcement officer with the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Ashley Rodrigue, a department spokeswoman, said the department is working with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office in investigating the incident.
Department policy, however, prohibits the release of information relating to an investigation until it is complete, Rodrigue said.
The Sheriff's Office is also investigating the shooting death of another local cattleman's cow that occurred over the weekend, Weidel said. The cow, which was shot with a high-powered rifle, was found in a pasture near Twin Acres Subdivision in northern Larose.
Although several people living in the neighborhood have been questioned, police have little information. Anyone with information into either case can call the Criminal Investigations Division in Lockport at 532-2255 or call Crimestoppers at (800) SHERIFF. Callers need not give their names.
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