WACO, Texas (KWTX) An advertisement published this week in the Waco Tribune-Herald offers a $50,000 reward for any information that leads to conviction of the person who shot and killed two Boer goats in June 2016 at the Magnolia Silos in Waco.
Waco police Officer Garen Bynum said Wednesday he’s checking to see if the reward is real and trying to find out who put up the money.
“I’m just checking to see if the reward actually is real,” he said, “but I haven’t found out who placed it yet.”
Bynum said based on the investigation completed at the time, the goats were owned by the Magnolia group.
The ad stems from an incident that police investigated on June 18, 2016 that involved the shooting of two Boer goats inside a livestock pen the at Magnolia complex at 601 Webster Ave. sometime between when employees left at 8 p.m. Friday June 17, 2016 and then returned to open at 7:30 a.m. the next day, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
KWTX attempted to contact a spokesperson at Magnolia but was told by a receptionist that there was no telephone number for a public information office.
KWTX also responded to the address published in the ad, but got no response.
The Hearst magazine Country Living, on June 22, 2016, released a statement from Chip and Joanna Gaines it received via email from Brock Murphy, Magnolia’s public relations director, that stated: "Friday evening an unidentified person(s) trespassed onto our Magnolia grounds and killed two goats. “We are working closely with Waco Police Department to bring this person to justice.
“We're saddened and shocked by this senseless crime, and at the same time, so grateful for the outreach and support from our community."
Swanton at the time said “The indication is that they were both shot. . multiple times."
“We are working it as a cruelty to animals case, but there will be criminal charges when we find out who did it," he said.
Police still are not sure how many people were involved, and they haven’t determined how the person or persons got into the locked enclosure where the goats were penned.
“They trespassed onto the property when it was closed to the public and were able to gain access to the small corral,” he said. “At this point, we do not know who did it. It was obviously a senseless act by going onto their property to do that,” Swanton said.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Waco Crime Stoppers at (254) 753-4357.