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Reward Being Offered In 4H Animal Death

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Josie Scott Josie Scott

Everyone in Jackson County knows something about agriculture, 4H and FFA. The story you are about to read will soften even the hardest of hearts.

On the afternoon or evening of Friday, May 30, 2014 something unimaginable happened in Jackson County. Josie Scott found her heifer calf that she had invested in for the Panhandle Youth Expo and other area shows not well. Josie knew immediately that something was not right. Someone had harmed her animal and it is believed that the animal had been shot and it had to be put down. Her heifer was nine months old and Josie had been working with it for quite a while in hopes of the animal being a prize winning heifer when it was old enough to show in the fall. She has put many hours as well as hundreds of dollars into this animal in an effort to make her project a success. Josie had to feed and groom the animal daily and already had the animal trained to be led by a rope and halter. Josie is the daughter of Peter and Ashley Scott of Cottondale.

The death of Josie’s heifer has been listed as a suspicious death and foul play is being looked into. Local Farm Bureau agencies, the Jackson County Cattlemen Association and numerous individuals have pledged $500 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the death of this animal. Local authorities are investigating and encourage anyone with information in this case to call Chipola CrimeStoppers TOLL FREE 888-804-8494 or in Jackson County 850-526-5000 or submit a Web Tip at You do not have to give your name. CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $3000 and you can remain anonymous. Chipola Crimestoppers is funded wholly or in part by office of the Attorney General Crime Stoppers’ Trust Fund.

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