ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) – You've seen signs for missing dogs and cats, but what about cows? A huge search unfolded after a farmer found out more than two dozen cattle vanished sometime Tuesday night.
Twenty-seven head of cattle, weighing between 1,000 and 1,200 pounds, were missing from a pasture off of Two Mules Drive. Owner Ray Newton said the cattle make up about $80,000 of his livelihood.
For more than 24 hours, Newton didn't know what to think.
“They are missing in action,” Newton said.
“I check my cattle once or twice a day, every day, seven days a week,” Newton said.
Early Wednesday morning, property owner Arnie Arredondo could not believe his eyes.
“I was on my way out the road on the gravel road that you came in on and I saw a gate down and I went 'Oh my God',” Arredondo said.
Every single cow was gone. All day Wednesday people helped search.
“My daughter-in-law and my grandkids, we all looked for them,” Arredondo said. “We could not find anything. No signs of them, none of that nature, so we don't know what happened.”
Neighbors couldn't believe it.
“That's really a kicker,” neighbor Jason Calhoun said. “I don't know what to say. I don't know where the cows are.”
Newton filed a report with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office just in case the animals were stolen.
“This would just take the wind out of us and it would take the wind out of most people, so we are hoping and praying that we get them back,” Newton said.
After searching much of the day on Thursday, Newton found his cattle. They were deep in the woods, all together and almost to Dixie Highway - several miles away.
“The storm may have caused them to panic,” Arredondo said.
“There's 27 Bred Heifers, half of them are Black Angus, the other half Charolais-cross,” Newton said.
Not wanting to rest till the cows come home, Newton can now sleep easy knowing not one was lost.