Police investigating after cow found mutilated at farm - KCTV5

Police investigating after cow found mutilated at farm

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City police are investigating a bizarre and disturbing crime involving livestock in the Northland. Someone had entered a private pasture and cut out a cow's reproductive organs, possibly while the cow was still alive.

Rancher Casey Hamilton called police Thursday morning, directing them to a pasture at 120th and Brightwell, just west of Kansas City International Airport. He told them he had separated the 7-year-old cow from the rest of his cattle because she was sick. He had been treating her and said that when he left her at 6 p.m. Wednesday, she was standing and eating. When he returned Thursday at 6:30 a.m., she was dead with two distinct chunks of tissue removed.

"For somebody to get a 1,200 pound cow down and do that," Hamilton said, "they had to know what they were doing with a tranquilizer."

He said there were no bullet holes in her nor signs of rope marks, but there were signs of a struggle.

"The cow had struggled on the ground," said Aaron Brisbane, the veterinarian who examined the animal.

Brisbane said he could not determine whether the thrashing came before or after the cow died, but he said there was no legitimate reason for the surgical procedure the animal underwent.

Someone had cut out the cow's udders, bag, mammary glands and vulva. He said that was the only tissue removed.

"The way the cuts were done," Brisbane said, "someone had to have done this before."

He said it appeared the precise cuts were made with a scalpel.

"It was too clean to have been done with a knife or a box cutter," he said.

"You lose cattle," Hamilton said. "It's part of the business, and you see when coyotes get a hold of them, and tear them up."

This discovery, however, left him shaken.

"I don't want to see any animal treated inhumanely," said Rancher Casey Hamilton. "It's just a bizarre thing. I've never seen it before."

Hamilton said he's been leasing the land from KCI and ranching here for only four years and doesn't know many people, so he's hard pressed to imagine anyone who would want to target one of his animals. He has, however, experienced some other vandalism on that farm. He said Kansas City and Airport police told him they would be stepping up patrols in the area.

Police are investigating the incident and ask that anyone with information about it call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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