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No suspects in calf mutilation

November 04, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

KEEDYSVILLE -- A calf was found mutilated in a field in Keedysville last week and the owner said the animal's ears and tail were cut off, skin was cut off its nose and it appears its neck was broken.

"It was odd," said Bryan Babington, owner of the Black Angus calf.

The calf was found in the middle of a field where about 23 other cows were being kept, said Babington, who lives on Dogstreet Road.

Babington said his father found the calf Friday and he suspects the incident occurred last Thursday night or early Friday.

Babington said he did not know why the calf was mutilated and he wondered if it could be kids or someone dabbling in a cult.

"We've been there probably 36 years and never had any problems," Babington said.

Capt. Peter Lazich of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said his department has no suspects in the case and it will be considered "suspended" unless something develops that investigators can pursue.

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The remains of the calf were sent to an agriculture laboratory in Frederick, Md., to determine the animal's cause of death, said Katherine Cooker, manager of development and public relations for the Humane Society of Washington County.

Cooker said Tuesday she had not learned of any results of that examination.

Babington said Wednesday he has been talking to neighbors in his community trying to determine why the calf was mutilated.

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