Reward offered following cattle shooting

Cattle producers in Marion County are banding together to offer a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting six pregnant dairy heifers with a shotgun the weekend of Aug. 13-14.

The incident occurred either Friday or Saturday in a pasture in Durham Park Township, according to Lloyd Klassen of Klassen Dairy, owner of the animals.

All six of the animals survived the shooting; three were transported to a veterinary hospital at Kansas State Uni?versity. Klassen said the unborn calves are expected to survive as well.

One of the animals was worth between $4,000 and $5,000, Klassen said, and the rest were valued in the $2,000 range.

Klassen said an employee of the dairy discovered the wounded animals during a routine check. Beer cans and shotgun shells were found in the vicinity of the attack.

Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft said Monday there have been no new developments in the case.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call either the sheriff?s office at 620-382-2144 or County Attorney Susan Robson at 620-382-2243.

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