Cattle shot and killed in Lincoln Parish

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LINCOLN PARISH, La. (KNOE) - A Simsboro family is in disbelief after their pet bull named Bully was shot and killed over the weekend.

"I was just broken-hearted... I couldn't believe somebody would do something like that," says Vivian Skains, Bully's owner.

The Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office says the bull was shot Sunday night or early Monday morning off of Graham Rd. near Simsboro. Deputies say this isn't the first time something like this has happened, either. Another bull was shot down the road just a few weeks ago.

Skains says when she found Bully she thought he had been struck by lightning. She then realized something much more sinister happened - Bully had been shot in the eye.

"A hunch is that it was poachers at night trying to shoot a deer... either that, or just somebody shooting anything they saw out of pure meanness," says Stephen Williams, Chief Deputy for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office.

Skains says she moved out to the country because her family thought it would be a safe space to raise cattle.

"Meant a lot to us... I told my daughter. She wanted to tell my 8-year-old grandson, and I told her 'Don't tell him, I don't want him to know what happened to Bully,'" says Skains.

Williams says livestock shootings don't happen often.

"It's been 10 or 15 years since livestock has been shot from a roadway that I can recall."

Investigators believe both shootings this year are connected. As of now, Williams says they don't know if the person is from out of town or a local. Neighbors say the area isn't well-traveled, so they think the culprit had to be someone familiar with the area.

"If anyone would've come to the fence he would've probably walked right up to them so it would've been easy access," says Amanda Lord, who has a pasture next to the location Bully was shot. "It really worries us in the community having all of our cattle, it's a tight-knit community."

Williams says raising cattle isn't always a hobby, it can be someone's livelihood.

"It's a serious issue for us," says Williams. "Lincoln Parish, for all that it has, it's still a rural community in the outskirts and you're messing with someone's income."

If you have any information about these two shootings contact the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office or the Louisiana Agriculture Crimestoppers at 1-800-558-9741.