Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sheriff Backs Branding Law To Thwart Cattle Theft

Tougher state laws are about to go into effect to punish cattle rustlers, but some already say more needs to be done to thwart a growing problem.

Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle says lawmakers should consider a branding law to help aid law enforcement in finding the rustlers. But branding would not come without a cost to both farmers, and most likely the state.


A new state law going into place on Friday will require prior cattle offenders to serve at least 80 percent of their sentences -- but Kyle said that provision most likely won't do much to stop the next rustler.

"If the crime itself doesn't deter them from committing the crime, I don't think it's going to make any difference," Kyle said.

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