TYLER, TX (KLTV) - 14-year-old Nicholas Nash has been working to build a no kill animal shelter and dog park in the city of Tyler.
"I just decided to that to save all the animals in our city," Nash said.
It is called Nicholas Pet Haven. The building won't be ready until next year, but he does have a Facebook page: lost and found cats and dogs of Tyler.
For the past year, Nicholas and his family have been using the page to help reunite families with their pets. This weekend, they received a different notification.
"A person texted us some pictures what we thought were three dogs that were in the creek," Nash said.
But when Nicholas and his mother went to the creek, they didn't find dogs.
"But were actually three calves," Nash said.
The calves were found in Harris Creek near I-20. Nash said all three calves still had auction tags on them.
"They were just in the water so we called the sheriff and they came out and had them buried," Nash said.
Nash said it took about four hours to pull the calves out of the creek and then bury them nearby. Smith County investigators said they had to call in the road and bridge department to get the animals out of the creek. Nash says as an animal lover it was hard to see the young animals in such a bad situation.
"Its just really sad that someone would actually do that," Nash said.
Nicholas Pet Haven will offer a $100 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
Officials with The Smith County Sheriff's Office say their regular detectives have partnered with environmental detectives and the Southwest Cattleman Association to investigate this case.