An Oregon county sheriff’s department is investigating the death of seven cows after someone cut off their water supply. The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook earlier this week to warn livestock owners in the area to check their water tanks.
The UCSO said they received reports from some cattle growers primarily in the Highway 204 Weston area of floats being taken off water tanks and/or valves being shut off. This has resulted in livestock being found dead or in bad shape due to lack of water.
According to the East Oregonian, the Oregon State Police has also received a report of water trough tampering and believe it is related to the cases the sheriff’s office is investigating.
The Umatilla County Sheriff is urging those that have livestock in the county to check their water sources immediately and regularly.
UCSO is also asking the public to report any suspicious activity to their 24-hour dispatch center at 541-966-3651.