A farming family are in a state of bewilderment after one of their cattle was strangled in a myserious and strange attack.
The animal was found on the farm near Stamullen Co. Meath by the owners, the Kennedy family.
The cow was discovered upon the daily checking of the herd early this morning, when the young calf of the cow was calling out for its mother. The animal was found to be hung to a tree, by a new blue rope in what was described as a deliberate act.
The cow was an old animal of approximately 14 years old and a Simmental breed. The incident was reported to an Garda Síochána and they will assess the situation today.
“She was a suckler cow in a secluded wooded area. My father heard the calf calling and went to look for the cow where he found her”, said one of the Kennedy’s.
“She was tied with a new blue piece of rope in a noose around her neck and she was tied up to the tree”, he added.
It was certainly a deliberate act according to the Kennedy's, as the cows are checked everyday. It is believed the perpetrator carried out the act during the night. The cows were checked early yesterday morning and again today, when she was found.
“Whether they were coming back to get meat out of her I don’t know”, said the Kennedy’s.
The access to the land is said to be very remote, which is what makes the incident even more strange. She was said to be a docile animal, which would have made the act a lot easier.
The Kennedy’s do not know why the incident occured.
“We are in shock at such a deliberate act that happened. You wouldn’t mind if the cow died of natural causes, but the fact that it was a deliberate, savage attack is horrific really”, they said.
They are urging anyone with any information to contact the local Garda station.