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12/20/07-Van Zandt County

Sheriff's Deputies Investigate Animals Shot With Bows And Arrows

Six llamas, two were shot, and one was found dead in a field outside of Ben Wheeler.  Howard Fager said he has lived at his farm for more than twenty years.  "We've never had any trouble with any people," he's said. 

Fager said after feeding his pack of llamas, Wednesday night, he went to bed thinking all was well on the farm.  But Thursday morning he noticed one of them was down.  "I thought she was just resting, then I came back here and I spotted the other little [llama] with the arrow sticking in her."

One of his llamas had been shot over night shot with a bow and arrow, and the arrow was still in its side.  Another one, which was pregnant, had also been shot.  It was found dead in the field, next to a broken arrow on the ground. 

"Those animals belong to me and they're pretty deep in my pockets," he said.  "I love them and think the world of them," he said.

"This is not funny. This is not hunting. This is not a sport. This a crime," said Van Zandt County Sheriff Pat Burnett.  Burnett said Wednesday night's shooting was not an isolated event.  He and deputies are also investigating the shooting of two dairy cows who were also shot with arrows, not too far away. 

"These are defenseless animals that will come to you," he said.  "If you're not good enough to go out and shoot a wild animal, don't take it out on domestic animals."

Their domestic animals, but for some, they have grown to become something more. "They're like part of the family," said Fager.  Now he's hoping authorities can find out who is responsible.

Fager, the owner of the llamas, is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for the shooting.  If you have any information, please contact the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.


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