BERTRANDVILLE — Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Thursday the shooting deaths of two horses Wednesday doesn’t appear to be linked to the shooting death last week of a rancher’s cow in another area of the parish.
“We don’t have any connection whatsoever” between the two incidents, Waguespack said.
It appeared to be an unusual type of coincidence, he said.
“At this point, we’re treating them as two separate cases,” he said.
One horse was shot multiple times and killed Wednesday afternoon at the residence on Pecan Street in the community of Bertrandville, Waguespack said. A second horse at the residence also was shot several times and had to be put down by a veterinarian.
The horses were in their stable at 155 Pecan St. when they were shot.
“We feel (the shooter) walked very close to the stable and pretty much shot at point-blank range,” Waguespack said. “Obviously, we are dealing with an individual who has an issue with animals or an issue with the owner.”
Waguespack said deputies are taking the shootings “very seriously and putting all our resources toward” finding out who shot them.
He said evidence recovered from the scene will be sent to the State Police Crime Lab.
On March 11, a cow on a ranch along La. 402 near Napoleonville also was shot and killed. Another cow on the same ranch was shot and wounded in January, but it survived.
Waguespack said Thursday there is no new information in the investigation on the shooting of the cows.
In both cases, Waguespack said, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office is working with investigators with the Livestock Brand Commission of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture.
A $1,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for killing the cow, and the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that a reward also may be forthcoming for information on the shooter of the horses.
Livestock Crimestoppers is offering rewards of up to $1,000, said John Walther, director of the veterinary health division and emergency programs with the state Agriculture and Forestry Department.
Anyone with information on either of the cases may call the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 526-1627 or (985) 369-2912 or the Livestock Crimestoppers number at (800) 558-9741.