Columbia County authorities looking into cow beating and skinning

Thursday, July 23, 2009 4:18 PM
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The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is "reviewing" an incident in which an Evans man tied a cow to a tree, beat it to death and skinned it in preparation for a cookout.

"We're consulting with various officials to determine what, if any, violation has occurred," sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

The incident happened at a home on Aspen Laurel Drive in Evans and was reported to authorities about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday by an anonymous caller. The caller told police two men took turns beating the animal -- which was tied to a tree -- multiple times on its head with a hammer until it fell to the ground. The caller said the men began to skin the cow while it still appeared to be alive.

A 48-year-old man said he purchased the cow in Edgefield, S.C., for a cookout he was holding when his brother visited from out of town. The man said he tied the cow to a tree and struck the animal two or three times on the top of its head with a 5-pound hammer, according to the report. He said he started to skin and "quarter" the cow after he thought it was dead.

The agencies involved in the "review" include the sheriff's office, Georgia Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the district attorney's office, Capt. Morris said.

Capt. Morris said he believes the USDA specifies the approved methods of livestock slaughter by various means, which includes chemical, mechanical, gunshot or electrical.

"Crude may not necessarily equate to illegal, so we're doing some research on it," he said.

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ecranford
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ecranford 07/23/09 - 04:26 pm
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I think the AC should print

I think the AC should print his name................

nofrills
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nofrills 07/23/09 - 04:26 pm
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This is disgusting! We all

This is disgusting! We all need to eat but just how crude do we need to sink. Sometimes I am ashamed to call myself a human being. This was nothing short of sick!

SnowBallCity
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SnowBallCity 07/23/09 - 04:31 pm
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How could anyone with a

How could anyone with a conscious do such a thing? That is so wrong on so many levels. They could afford to buy the cow but couldn't afford the means to kill it humanely? It is scary that such soul-less people walk this Earth. If they print his name, the hardware stores will see an unexpected surge in sales. It's good to read a comment that this was likely against the law.

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triscuit 07/23/09 - 04:37 pm
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I would also find out who

I would also find out who sold him the cow.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 07/23/09 - 04:38 pm
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I agree print the idiots name

I agree print the idiots name

pikeka
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pikeka 07/23/09 - 04:39 pm
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The only exceptions to State

The only exceptions to State of Ga law regarding cruelty to animals is accepted animal husbandry practices, zoological practices, hunting, trapping, scientific research, and animal exhibitions, among others. This heinous act is clearly not hunting or trapping. This animal was purchased and under their control. This person should be punished to the full extent of the law. GA ST § 16-12-4

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puddeecat 07/23/09 - 04:44 pm
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Lets tie him to a tree, beat

Lets tie him to a tree, beat him and skin him!

silverbullet
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silverbullet 07/23/09 - 04:48 pm
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Are you serious! This is

Are you serious! This is definitely animal cruelty!!!!! How can there even be a question to the legality of what he did Even deer are shot which is a lot more humane than beating and skinning a cow to death in a neighborhood at that. PUT HIS BUTT IN JAIL or better yet let someone beat him with a hammer. I hope the cow haunts him to his dying day.

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Little Lamb 07/23/09 - 04:55 pm
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The missing points in your

The missing points in your post, Pikeka, is the little phrase "among others." It is possible that one of the other conditions is food preparation. Is throwing a live lobster into boiling water animal cruelty? Of course I am not condoning what the men did with the hammer. They should have shot the animal in the head until they were sure the animal was dead.

weatheringheights
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weatheringheights 07/23/09 - 04:56 pm
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I second that Puddeecat!

I second that Puddeecat!

FlyersFan77
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FlyersFan77 07/23/09 - 05:11 pm
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How do you begin skinning an

How do you begin skinning an animal and not know it was still alive? This guy sounds too stupid to be allowed to use a knife to eat with, never mind slaughter a cow.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 07/23/09 - 05:11 pm
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I am apalled by this....and

I am apalled by this....and the people around him should have stopped him. Too bad the meat wasn't tainted with mad cow or something...

prolifer
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prolifer 07/23/09 - 05:13 pm
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Or maybe he should get

Or maybe he should get Michael Vick's old cell???

Sandpiper
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Sandpiper 07/23/09 - 05:20 pm
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I KNOW that the local

I KNOW that the local butchers are not on strike and with that being the case, the man had no excuse for buying a live cow and botching its killing. Poor cow, I sure hope that its meat was tough and stringy!

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1beachbum 07/23/09 - 05:22 pm
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Some people are SOOOOOOO sick

Some people are SOOOOOOO sick in the head! Poor cow.

aaa
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aaa 07/23/09 - 05:26 pm
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It's just a stupid cow, folks

It's just a stupid cow, folks . . . . a COW ! All of you stupid bleeding heart libs think of it this way: Less carbon dioxide. Hope it tasted good.

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TheGeorgian 07/23/09 - 05:27 pm
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I used to live on a beef

I used to live on a beef ranch in TN years ago. When we wanted the meat from a steer for our own use we sent the animal out to a 'knacker' who put the animal down in the prescribed manner and sent it back to us in packages. These men are, I believe, absolute morons. Y'can't fix stupid.

TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 07/23/09 - 05:34 pm
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To aaa: I am not a bleeding

To aaa: I am not a bleeding heart lib and no one had every dared implied as much but this cow was a living breathing creature capable of feeling pain unlike some bedbugs I think you know and are related to. When an animal dies in pain the meat is VERY tough and stringy. Let's hope the eaters choke on it. These men were born too late. They should have lived on Tobacco Road in Caldwell's time

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 07/23/09 - 05:36 pm
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aaa you are a flipping idiot

aaa you are a flipping idiot wish I could use the F word cant damn

Sandpiper
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Sandpiper 07/23/09 - 05:37 pm
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aaa, the issue is not the

aaa, the issue is not the fact that a cow was killed but rather the manner in which it was killed. If the killing was botched as was described, and if the cow was being skined while it was still living is indeed a fact and not fiction then I feel that animal cruelty charges should be filed against all parties involved.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 07/23/09 - 05:38 pm
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ummm - maybe the guy didn't

ummm - maybe the guy didn't own a gun??

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 07/23/09 - 05:40 pm
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or maybe it is illegal to

or maybe it is illegal to discharge a firearm in Columbia County?

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pucks31 07/23/09 - 05:42 pm
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All I can say is, he better

All I can say is, he better have not illegally purchased that cow before 130 on a Sun in SC. That would be just plain wrong.

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jaschild 07/23/09 - 05:46 pm
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there are other means besides

there are other means besides a gun. if it's made it to the paper eventually the name will leak out. hmmm, aspen laurel... pretty affluent homes out there - probably could have spared $$$$ to do it the humane way.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 07/23/09 - 05:47 pm
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That is why you have butcher

That is why you have butcher shops they will do it for you. If you do not know what you are doing when cutting a cow up for its meat. The meat will be tough will not taste good. Still a flipping idiot. Wish I could use the f word and drop some bombs

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 07/23/09 - 05:53 pm
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Meat at the grocery stores &
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Meat at the grocery stores & butcher shops are usually "aged" for better taste... hope it tasted like roadkill.

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Riverman1 07/23/09 - 05:59 pm
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How do you illegally purcahse

How do you illegally purcahse a cow? People do kill their own animals and butcher them. Hog killings are common around here with a big party atmosphere as they are turned into sausage and what have you around some grilling. Most of the time the hogs are shot in the head. Slaughter houses used to hit steers in the heads with hammers also, but I believe they use bolt guns now days or a mechanical device that slits their throats. Killing chickens by ringing their heads off or cutting them off is also commonly done. My daddy used to do that and they would fly around with their heads off. It's a wonder I didn't grow up to be a mass murderer or something.

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swopslash 07/23/09 - 06:08 pm
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Nice. Welcome to Georgia all

Nice. Welcome to Georgia all you "out of town" visitors. How about a fine steak? We beat our animals to death round here. It tastes better when ya make it scream. Oh, and don't forget the KKK bake sale at church this Sunday. Sure we may have a lil bit of money in Columbia City. That don't necessarily mean we're not idiots. Yeeeeehaaaaw!!! Smooches...

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TakeAstand 07/23/09 - 06:19 pm
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What a [filtered word] There are many

What a [filtered word] There are many ways to humanely kill your food. Karma can be a B*&$#. He better pray thats not the way he goes when his time is up!!!!! Tortured and skinned alive!!!

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