Mary Katherine and Aaron Dudley of Holly Grove want to know who vandalized their fencing over the holiday weekend and are offering a $2,500 reward.
When Aaron opened the gate at the Hicks Lane property the morning of July 5 to move the cows to another part of the pasture, he noticed it had been cut in several places, Mary Katherine said.
“We found it to be very hateful,” she said, adding that she and her husband contacted the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office to file a report.
The five Belted Galloway cattle the couple owns are tame and the couple hand-feed the gentle animals treats. Fortunately, the cows had not ventured overnight into Holly Grove Drive, which fronts the property.
Mary Katherine estimates the damage to 20 sections of goat fencing panels and the electric fencing at $15,000. The wires were cut from their connections to T-posts and pushed over onto the ground. One section had been carried over and laid on a nearby trailer.
“The entire fence has to be repaired,” she said.
In the meantime, they’ve made temporary repairs while they contract fencing and electrical professionals to replace the fencing.
If anyone has information about who may have been the culprit, please contact Cpl. Brandon Tharp at the sheriff’s office at (540) 967-1234.