Queen Creek man finds calf dead in closet

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. - A man discovered a dead calf locked in a closet at his home last Saturday, which has left this long-time Queen Creek resident concerned for the safety of his other animals. 

The Flores family has raised cattle on their Queen Creek ranch for more than 27 years without incident, until now.

Joey Flores says a calf went missing overnight last Friday.  He searched his property Saturday morning, then called police after making a bizarre discovery.  Flores explains, "I found the calf in the closet...it just broke my heart."

Horse tracks found throughout the property lead Flores to believe the assailants were traveling on horseback, since the Flores family has never had horses at their ranch. 

Flores says he finds this sort of animal cruelty difficult to understand. "I [would have] rather seen the suspects take the calf and enjoy it rather than [have it] die in the bedroom it was in.