Meadville Tribune

May 23, 2013

Police seek help solving sheep shooting case

By Keith Gushard
Meadville Tribune

TROY TOWNSHIP — Pennsylvania State Police at Corry are seeking the public’s help in solving a sheep shooting in eastern Crawford County.

A female sheep, or ewe, was shot and killed at a Troy Township farm along Mosgrove Road between 8 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to state police.

“We don’t know what the motive is,” Todd Johnson, owner of the sheep farm, said Wednesday. The animal was discovered dead around 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Johnson said the ewe had about four to five holes in it, but it hadn’t been determined Wednesday if was shot by a small caliber gun or by an arrow. Johnson said blunt metal-tipped practice arrow was found on the farm near one of the barns.

Johnson said he valued the ewe at about $1,000 since it was used to produce lambs for market. The ewe had produced three generations of lambs, Johnson said. The sheep farming operation has about 48 ewes, 78 lambs and 15 yearlings, he said.

There have been several cases of animal cruelty in eastern Crawford County within the 12 months — the most notable in Athens Township in late August  2012 when a horse was set on fire.

Northstar, a 6-year-old paint horse owned by Jessie Woodworth of Centerville, was doused with a flammable liquid and then set on fire between 7 p.m. Aug. 25 and 6 p.m. Aug. 26 while in an Athens Township pasture, according to state police. No suspect in that case has been charged.

The horse continues to recover from sustaining burns on more than 70 percent of its body from the incident. The horse has had skin grafts to help heal its wounds and also has had stem cell therapy injections into its back to help stimulate new skin growth in the burn areas.

A Titusville man was sentenced in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas this spring to jail for leaving a dog alone in a Troy Township home without food or water for one and one-half months, killing the animal.

 William E. Daly III, 22, of 125 E. Main St., Titusville, was sentenced in April to serve four to 12 months in county jail plus 12 months probation after pleading guilty to one count of animal cruelty.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

You can help

Persons with information about the sheep shooting incident at the Johnson farm along Mosgrove Road between Saturday night and Monday morning are asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police at Corry at (814) 663-2043.