$7,500 offered to solve dead sheep case
Nov. 7, 2013 at 5:07 a.m.
Updated Nov. 8, 2013 at 5:08 a.m.
Another barbado sheep was mutilated two weeks ago on property belonging to Wayne and Karen Daggs, of Port Lavaca.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator, said Katie Jarl, Texas state director for the Humane Society of the United States.
A private donor previously offered a $2,500 reward in the case.
Since March, 22 sheep have been mutilated or disappeared. Sixteen mysteriously disappeared, and six were mutilated.
The Daggses recently purchased six more sheep, and one female was mutilated.
"She was cut from the chest down the abdomen, and all her organs were removed," Wayne Daggs said Thursday. "There was no blood, and there were no footprints."
The humane society frequently offers rewards in cases of intentional animal torture when the reward might motivate someone in the community to come forward, Jarl said.
"In some cases, we don't know how the animals were killed," she said. "But in this case, the genitals were brutally cut off and displayed next to an animal by one or more humans."
Law enforcement continues to investigate the mutilations.
"This case has left very little evidence with which to work, and we are relying on the community for additional information to help solve it," Calhoun County investigator Bobbie Vickery was quoted as saying in a U.S. Humane Society news release.