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Stolen Show Cow Returned to Youngster

February 21, 1989

HOUSTON (AP) _ A young girl’s pet heifer, whose theft just before a livestock show aroused the community, was returned to its owner after investigators tracked the cow down and arrested two suspected rustlers.

″I was jumping up, screaming and standing on my head,″ 9-year-old Ginny Sherman said Monday, describing her reaction when the white-faced, polled Hereford named T.C. was returned the night before.

″We’re never going to sell her. We’re going to raise her to show and keep her until she dies,″ said Ginny, who is showing T.C. at the Houston Livestock Show.

There was an outpouring of concern after the cow disappeared on Valentine’s Day from the Future Farmers of America Barn in the Houston suburb of Pearland.

Police offered a $1,000 reward and at least two Houston radio stations reported a big response after airing stories about Ginny and T.C.

″We had a call about every minute and a half for four hours,″ said KILT announcer Robert B. McEntire.

Investigators for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, working with law enforcement officers, traced the heifer to Abilene.

Investigator Doyce Cook said the animal was sold at an auction in Llano, northwest of Austin, and was easily identified because it had tatoos in both ears.

Authorities said two Houston teen-agers were in the custody of juvenile authorities, but have not been charged.

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