HOBART | A 6-year-old purebred Holstein bull named Fritz is missing and may have been the victim of cattle rustlers, owner Robert Berndt said.
Berndt filed a theft report with police on Nov. 13, said Hobart police Detective Sgt. David Evans.
Evans said Fritz reportedly was last seen on Nov. 8 after the bull, valued at $2,600, had wandered off after engaging in a fight with another bull.
Berndt said he used Fritz primarily for breeding purposes on the farm he owns at 6851 Grand Blvd.
"He was a big fellow but would eat right out of your hand. He was a pet," Berndt said.
Berndt said he and family members have walked and ridden on a four-wheeler through the pasture area and woods where Fritz roamed in hope of finding him or his remains.
So far searchers haven't had any luck.
"He disappeared. Someone had to get him," Berndt said.
Berndt described Fritz as a registered purebred bull mostly white dairy cow with dark red spots.
"I think they put him down and used him for meat. I pray for him. We look every day but find no trace of him. ... He was gentle; he was never mean," Berndt said.
A $100 reward has been offered to anyone who provides police with information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the theft, Berndt said.
Hobart police can be reached at (219) 942-1125.