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Cattle rustling in Cherokee County

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A Gaylesville farmer says he will quit raising cattle if cattle rustlers continue to target his ranch. Elbert Whitley has been raising cattle since 1995, but recently cattle bandits have stealing his cows.

" I've been hit 5 times,"  said Whitley.

The most recent incident took place Tuesday.  Whitley said a mother cow lead him toward the backside of his spacious property. From a distance, he could see two men dragging a dead calf.

"Killed it, shot, and gutted it," said Whitley.  He says the bandits ran off with the meat.

Whitley says he can sell a calf for $2- $2.50 a pound. He says they could weigh about 300 to 350 pounds.

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver says reports of  cattle theft in the county are rare. He says what is happening to Whitley unique.

" It is an isolated incident," said Shaver.

If you have any information on this case, you are encouraged to call the Sheriff's Department at (256) 927- 3365.