“The surgical cuts are a mystery. I've never seen something like that. You've got to be a person who's pretty skilled like a surgeon to do this.”
- Herminio Martinez, 74, long-time rancher in San Luis, CO
June 30, 2017 San Luis, Colorado - The San Luis Valley of Colorado between Alamosa and Trinidad and Walsenburg has been one of the places in the United States that has had persistent cycles of cattle, horse and other animal mutilations since the 1960s. The first case to make worldwide headlines was a 3-year-old Appaloosa mare named Lady. She was owned by Berle and Nellie Lewis. Each evening Lady went back to the ranch for water where her mother, Snippy, was corralled. But on September 8, 1967, Lady did not show up. The next day the ranchers found the mare on her side near the edge of a small, flat clearing in the chico bush. Her neck and head had been stripped of flesh and all her major chest organs had been bloodlessly removed. The ranch owner said, “That neck was cut so smooth it couldn't have been done even with a sharp hunting knife.”
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