15 sheep dead or missing (video)
Sept. 21, 2013 at 4:21 a.m.
PORT LAVACA - More than a dozen female barbado sheep have disappeared from Wayne and Karen Daggs' 10-acre property outside Port Lavaca.
Two males have been mutilated by barbaric castration and left to die.
"We get attached to the animals, and it hurts to see them go or get mutilated," said Wayne Daggs, 72, a Union Carbide retiree who also served as a Calhoun County constable for more than 18 years.
Six sheep remain in the Daggs' pasture, along with a Boer goat, two donkeys and a handful of pygmy goats. They are more like pets than livestock to the Daggses.
Four young females, one just days old, disappeared in March before Daggs began reporting the incidents.
Daggs realized five more sheep were missing in July when he heard a mother crying and saw that her baby was gone.
This time, he reported the crime to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office.
Daggs and Deputy Sylvester Mosley found one of the missing males castrated when they surveyed the property.
Port Lavaca veterinarian Kenneth Motl said the removal of the sheep's scrotum was man-made, according to the officer's report.
The sheep was still alive, and Daggs wanted to save him.
Motl gave the sheep penicillin and tetanus shots to the tune of $290, but the animal only survived another day.
Two more females disappeared in July followed by two in mid-September.
Daggs found a second male brutally castrated and another female missing Friday.
The Daggses have lost $900 worth of sheep.
The owner has suspicions about the cause of the crimes but lacks proof.
"I thought maybe they killed the first male because he was aggressive and protected the females," Daggs said. "But the second male was new and not aggressive."
Such incidents are unusual, said Calhoun County Sheriff George Aleman.
"This is an isolated incident as far as we know," Aleman said. "But some might go unreported."
The sheriff encourages people to report such activity because one incident might have ties to another.
He cited many potential scenarios for the cause of the crimes, but the investigation is ongoing.