SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Officials say they will investigate whether animal cruelty took place when a man shot a cow that had been stuck in a ditch for several days. Vanessa Martin, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Department of Animal Care and Regulation, said the probe could take a few weeks. If officers determine that owner Jim Bennefield violated regulations, the department will recommend the case to the District Attorney's Office, she said. Bennefield shot the cow several times in the head with a .22-caliber rifle, with officers recording the event.Cow. It's a cow. A cow.
Veterinarians said a downed cow remaining in a fixed position for a period of time could suffer nerve and tissue damage. Veterinarians treating Bennefield's cow said they could not comment on its condition specifically, citing confidentiality of medical records.
What the hell's this world coming to?