For immediate release
Oct. 19, 2016
For more information, contact:
Julie Ellingson, NDSA executive vice president: (701) 223-2522 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan Misek, NDSA chief brand inspector: (701) 223-2522 • email@example.com
Frank Landeis, Sioux County sheriff: (701) 854-3481
Another horse shot in Sioux County, N.D.
Numbers continue to mount in the tally of animals killed or wounded in Sioux County. The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene yet again today following a report of a horse shot and mutilated there. The horse, valued at approximately $3,000, is a registered blue roan mare of the noted Hancock breeding. It was killed in the same pasture where, earlier this week, two cows were shot and injured and, over the past couple of weeks, five other animals were killed and 30 others went missing.
“The crimes against livestock in this area over the last few weeks have been appalling,” said NDSA Chief Brand Inspector Stan Misek. “We are working hard to identify those who are responsible and would appreciate any information that the public may have to help us solve these cases and bring forth justice for the victims.”
The Stockmen’s Association has a standing reward of up to $14,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who steal, butcher or shoot cattle, horses or mules. Anyone with information should call Misek at (701) 223-2522 or (701) 720- 2430, NDSA West River Fieldman Steve Bay at (701) 955-3422 or Sioux County Sheriff Frank Landeis at (701) 854-3481.
Misek reminds livestock producers to be on the watch for any unusual activity and/or strange vehicles in their area and to notify the authorities about anything that seems suspicious immediately.
Misek also refuted rumors circulating via social media that the missing livestock reported earlier this week had been found. “Unfortunately, they are all still missing,” he said.