The proprietor of the New York animal sanctuary is accused of cow theft

A New York animal sanctuary proprietor is charged with the crime after officers mentioned cows from a close-by beef farm obtained misplaced on his property and refused to return them to their proprietor.

Tracy Murphy, president and founding father ofAsha’s Farm Sanctuary in Newfane, a town 38 miles north of Buffalo near Lake Ontario, was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree money theft, New York State police said.

McKee Farm owner Scott Gregson told USA TODAY that last month two of his beef cows mysteriously escaped from his pasture, which is enclosed by an electric barbed wire fence.

“I still don’t know how they got out today,” said Gregson, 43, on Wednesday. “The fence is in good condition and the gates were all locked.”

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