Cattle rustling penalty

Legislation on its way to the governor’s desk after being approved unanimously in the Senate will further deter cattle rustlers.

House Bill 2504, by state Rep. John Pfeiffer, increases the fine for theft of livestock and implements of husbandry to three times the value of animals and machinery, not to exceed $500,000.

The bill also gives district attorneys more options when prosecuting cattle rustlers.

Pfeiffer said cattle rustling remains a problem in rural areas throughout Oklahoma.

“The cost of cattle rustling is huge in rural areas,” said Rep. Pfeiffer, R-Mulhall. “The potential profit for rustlers is large and so it takes a large fine to deter such crimes.”