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Massachusetts cattle-rustling: Police search for rustlers accused of stealing herd

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Dartmouth, MA (WGAL) -- A Massachusetts cattle-rustling case has police searching for rustlers in Pennsylvania.

Nearly 50 cows were reported stolen from a farm in Dartmouth, Massachusetts over the weekend.

The owners said they had reason to believe they were coming to Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Valley, because it's one of the few places in the country where the animals could be re-sold.

Police were not surprised when 39 of them were found 350 miles away in New Holland, Pennsylvania.

"This is probably one of the only places they could sell them cause of the size of the sale stable," said Lt. Jonathan Heiss of the New Holland Police Department.

Heiss said police received a tip Sunday that the cows were coming to the New Holland Sale Stable.

Showing up at the stable with dozens of animals is a common practice and big money for those who sell them.

Police said the cows would have been auctioned off for about $50,000, making the bovine bust a big deal.

"If someone stole five automobiles at $3,000 each, that's $15,000. There's 40 cows at $50,000. There's definitely some money in it," Heiss said.

The owner drove all the way from Massachusetts on Monday to claim his cows.

No arrests have been made, but police said it won't be long, thanks to help from the sale stable.

"Whenever the sale stable takes an animal they have to know who dropped them off," Heiss said. "So they have the information about how the animals came down."

Police are still looking for the ten other cows that were stolen but not found in New Holland.


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