Cattle rustling in Cherokee County

      A Gaylesville farmer says he will quit raising cattle if cattle rustlers continue to target his ranch. Elbert Whitley has been raising cattle since 1995, but recently cattle{}bandits have stealing his cows.

      " I've been hit 5 times,"{} said Whitley.

      The most recent incident took place Tuesday.{} Whitley said a mother cow lead him toward the{}backside of his{}spacious property. From a distance, he could see two men dragging a dead calf.

      "Killed it, shot, and gutted it," said Whitley.{} He says the bandits ran off with the meat.

      Whitley says he can sell a calf for $2- $2.50 a pound.{}He says they{}could weigh about 300 to 350 pounds.

      Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver says{}reports of{} cattle theft in the county are rare. He says what is happening to Whitley unique.

      " It is an isolated incident," said Shaver.

      If you have any information on this case, you are encouraged to call the Sheriff's Department at (256) 927- 3365.