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Senseless shooting

During my daily commute, I always admired a pair of giant black and white Holsteins that graze along the hillside on upper Mooney Flat Road. Rain or shine, the two lumbering and sociable animals were inseparable. While returning home late in the evening last week I came upon a sickening scene – one of the magnificent creatures was laying near the road dead from a drive-by gunshot to the head. Both bottle-fed since birth, his mate was nudging his friend trying to get him to stand. Several days later the confused animal still stands beside where a white cross and flowers mark the site where his companion is buried.

Their presence enhanced the rural landscape of the area and I thank their owner for sharing them with us. There are leads as to who did this heartless and abominable act and they will be caught. They not only slaughtered an exquisite and defenseless animal at point-blank range but have angered a community as well.

R. Murai



Penn Valley


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