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Suspect wanted in livestock theft

December 10, 2010

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said an Iota man is wanted for illegally slaughtering an impregnated cow.
Billie Joe Kilgore, 697 Mamou Prairie Road, is wanted in connection with the slaughter of the cow and its fetus, which occurred off Grey Fox Hwy. north of Iota.
An arrest warrant for Kilgore was issued on Dec. 9 by the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission. The charges include livestock theft, criminal trespassing and aggravated cruelty to animals.
Kilgore is alleged to have slaughtered the cow in mid-November and removed the hindquarters and right front shoulder. The fetal calf was discarded at a distance from the carcass in an apparent attempt to make the slaughter look like it was done by a coyote pack. 
The value of the cow was estimated at $1500.
The Livestock Brand Commission, under the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, is empowered to investigate all agricultural crime including livestock theft as well as farm machinery and equipment theft. All Livestock Brand Commission enforcement officers are commissioned by the Louisiana State Police and have full police powers in the performance of their duties.