HENDERSON CO. - An East Texas woman was furious after her pregnant cow was shot in the head and left for dead on Friday.
Lacey Loftis is a single mom and a business owner, who relies on her cattle to take care of her family and ranch.
"She was just a mama cow. I've had her for probably four years, five years, and she was about six months bred when they shot her," Loftis said. "So I didn't only lose her, I lost a calf, but I probably lost another at least four more calves that she could have had."
Loftis showed CBS19 the video she took on her cell phone when she found her cow on the afternoon of January 26. The graphic video shows the cow walking around dazed with several bullet wounds on the face.
The cow had to be put down, because the bullet wounds were so bad.
"I went back and thought, have I made somebody mad," she said.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said they don't have any leads on who did this.
A ranger with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association said situations like Loftis' are fairly common.
As of September 1, 2017, shooting cattle is a third degree felony, as stated in House Bill 2817. Before that date, the punishment was assessed based on how much the cattle was the worth.
Loftis put up a $500 reward, and has received nearly $2,000 from people from across East Texas.
While she's upset over her cow being shot, Loftis had an even bigger concern.
"My kids could have easily been right down here at this back pond, right across from where she was shot, fishing," she said.
She's not stopping until she finds the person responsible.
The Henderson County Sheriff's Office urges anyone with information to call them at (903) 675-5128. All tips are anonymous.
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