ELKINS - A local family is asking the public for information in the shooting of two cows in the Elkins area last week.
Herbert, Pam and Mike Kwasniewski hope to locate those responsible for shooting and killing the two pregnant cows and their unborn calves the night of Feb. 7.
The cows belonged to the Charm Farm and were in a pasture that is part of the Odd Fellows Farm, located off the Flood Control Dam between the Georgetown Road and Haddix Road. The pasture is being leased by the Charm Farm.
The Kwasniewskis received a call the afternoon of Feb. 8 from their niece informing them there was a dead cow in the field, which led them to find the second. A neighbor said noises were heard between 12:15-12:30 a.m. that were believed to be gun shots.
The cows were near a feed wagon that was placed by the road because the bank helped block the weather.
One of the cows was found at the feed wagon, shot in the head, and the other was shot behind the shoulder and appeared to have run toward the wooded area before dying, family members said.
The cows may have been shot from the road at the flood control dam, the family said.
"It was clear that they shot them in a malicious manner and not because they needed the meat for food," Herbert Kwasniewski said.
The beef cows were a rare breed known as Belted Galloways, or "Oreo cookie cows."
"There aren't too many of them and they were registered purebred," Pam Kwasniewski said.
The shooting is being investigated by the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, a local game warden and a conservation officer, the Kwasniewskis said.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for individuals with any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Randolph County Tip Line at 304-636-8477.