PALMYRA, N.Y. (AP) – Two unemployed, hungry men stole a calf from a neighbor’s barn, shot it with an arrow and slit its throat before roasting the meat, police said.

David Lochner, 21, and Timothy Welch, 18, were camping outside Palmyra, 20 miles southeast of Rochester, several weeks ago when a dairy farmer reported his calf missing, said State Police Investigator John Stubbe.

Authorities found a bloody bow and remains near the barn and in a river.

The two Palmyra men first said they had shot a deer. But Stubbe said authorities later determined that the two had walked from their campsite to Brandon Hoad’s barn and broke in.

The pair lived together in a house just down the road from the dairy farmer.

“They were out camping and decided they wanted something to eat,” said Stubbe. “One guy led the calf by a rope around its neck, and the other shot it twice with an arrow. It still wouldn’t die, so he cut its throat.”

The two gutted the animal and sliced off steaks, leaving the carcass behind, the investigator said.

They were arrested and arraigned Wednesday on burglary charges. Police said more charges are pending, including cruelty to animals.

Lochner and Welch remain jailed on $25,000 bail each. County police didn’t know whether they have attorneys.

“I’ve seen farm animals stolen, but I don’t recall anything like this, where two kids were out camping and they thought they needed a meal,” Stubbe said.


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