James Bright, Managing Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. Humane Society is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for vandalizing the Chickasha High School Agricultural Barn and its animals last week.
"Chance McPherson, an Ag teacher, told police that between 10:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 4:30 a.m. Oct. 15, someone entered the barn and released all of the cattle, hogs, and sheep from their pens, and spray painted graffiti on the walls of the barn and on two pigs," a release from the Chickasha Police Department said. "Animals were found wandering around the pastures west of the barns and some cattle were found on 29th Street. The Ag teacher herded the animals back into their appropriate pens and made sure all the animals were accounted for."
According to McPherson, two sheep entered a hog pen and ate hog feed, which is harmful to them. The two sheep were treated by veterinarians, and have recovered, the release states. McPherson also reported that a black boar developed a limp that is likely a result of the incident. The boar has recovered as well.
Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director for The HSUS, said, “This incident is a senseless crime both against animals and the ag. staff and students. We hope this reward will aid in finding those who did this.”
The Chickasha Police Department is investigating the crime. Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 405-222-TIPS (8477), or text CRIMES (274-637) and use the keyword, Chicktip.