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21 Counts of Animal Cruelty, TN Man Charged in Calloway Cattle Heist


Two farms in Calloway County are still looking for thirteen stolen cattle, after 48 were found across the Tennessee state line on a Henry, County farm.

23-year-old Travis Hale is accused of stealing the 48 cattle from a Kirksey, Kentucky, farm and taking them to Puryear, Tennessee, to sell. Calloway County Sheriff Sam Steger says his office as well as the Henry County Sheriff's office are collaborating to locate the remaining stolen cows. Steger says Hale may not have worked alone and is advising farmers to be vigilant.

“ I also want to encourage them to keep a count on their head because they might just be picking two or three cows off at a time in a herd and fields that aren’t close to a residence, make sure you are keeping a daily check on those cattle,” said Steger.

Hale faces a class C felony for the theft estimated at $33,600 and 21 counts of animal cruelty for the dead cattle found on the property belonging to Hale, where they were kept with no food or water. Hale’s arraignment hearing was held Thursday and his next court appearance is scheduled for December 8th at the General Sessions Court in Henry County.

Nicole Erwin is a Murray native and started working at WKMS during her time at Murray State University as a Psychology undergraduate student. Nicole left her job as a PTL dispatcher to join the newsroom after she was hired by former News Director Bryan Bartlett. Since, Nicole has completed a Masters in Sustainable Development from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia where she lived for 2 1/2 years.
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