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Sheriff: 'Mean' suspects shooting down livestock in Union Co.

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Union Co. deputies are investigating the shooting of local livestock. (April 14, 2014/FOX Carolina) Union Co. deputies are investigating the shooting of local livestock. (April 14, 2014/FOX Carolina)
UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The death of several livestock in Union County had led deputies to believe that foul play may be involved, and they are now offering reward money for answers.

Investigators believe suspects may have shot the animals, but it's not clear when that may have happened. A Jonesville man reported that two of his bulls were shot earlier this month.

Last weekend, another Union County farmer says he found an otherwise healthy cow and a bull laying dead on his property. The farmer said the attack will cost his business well over $5,000.

Union County Sheriff David Taylor said he used to own livestock and understands how much these crimes hurt local farmers, so he's going to be proactive about getting the people responsible behind bars.

"I think it's an immature person. They can't justify what they are doing. There's no rhyme or reason to justify it other than mean," said Taylor.

Taylor said they'll be offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

He says, for, now anyone that owns livestock in Union needs to keep an eye on their animals.

"Don't just think it's cows or bulls. They may change their direction," said Taylor.  

If you have any information about the cases, you are asked to call Union County Crime Stoppers at 864-427-0800.

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