BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said more than a dozen stolen cows found abandoned in a trailer along a south Louisiana interstate will be returned to their owner Wednesday, as the search for the thieves continues.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry reported the 18 Brangus heifers discovered in a trailer along I-12 East near Hammond on June 20 were stolen from an Iberville Parish cattleman. Officials added the trailer they were found in was also stolen, but from a different Iberville Parish farmer.
"Because these cattle were not branded, it took us longer to identify who owned these heifers," LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. said in a written release. "We encourage all livestock owners to properly identify their animals with official ear tags or brands. Farm equipment such as trailers must also be properly inventoried so identification can be made in theft cases."
The investigation into the theft by LDAF and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is ongoing.
Anyone with information is urged to call the LDAF hotline at 855-452-5323 or the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office at (225) 687-5100.