Pulaski County Sheriff investigating cow deaths | News
20 of Gary Killebrew's beef cows have died since he moved his cattle to Hawkinsville in July, but he says he's not to blame.
He says his cows are thin because of bad hay, and that some were either shot or poisoned.
But the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says he never reported that.
He believes the alleged attacks on his cattle were because he's African American.
"I believe that because I'm a black man, they don't want me out there," he said.
Killebrew says people frequently trespass on his property and that his neighbors have reported him, too.
"I know they're sending me a clear signal they don't want me up here," he said.
He insisted several farmers have cows in similar conditions because of the rough winter.
"Every other day, I'm out here feeding these cows or taking care of them. Like I said, it's been a hard winter. They made it through, and by the grace of God, I can take care of them and they'll make it on," he said.
But January 18th, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office was called on to Killebrew's farm where they found decomposing cows and a total of 14 dead cows and remains of dead cows.
There were also 30 severely underweight cows and calves.
But Killebrew says the 43 cows and 40 calves he has left will be fine.
"They're kind of thin," Killebrew. "They'll come out. I've seen a whole lot worse, and some people don't take care of theirs, but I do."
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says the investigation is ongoing and would not comment on the case.
We called the state Department of Agriculture for comment on the case. They did not return our calls.
Major Jason Fremont also said the state agency hadn't responded to previous complaints from Pulaski County about animal abuse.