BELTON — Officials in Anderson are offering a reward for information leading to whoever killed a 1,700-pound steer with 7-foot horns.

The Anderson Independent Mail reports that Bubba, a Watusi steer, watched over the calves at Cherokee Farms in Belton. On Christmas Eve, someone shot the steer and left him to bleed to death.

Anderson Area Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to find out who killed Bubba. The reward was donated anonymously.

Sam Brooks owned Bubba for 13 years. Brooks bought him from an Anderson man when Bubba was just a 200-pound calf.

Last week, more than two dozen calves were stolen from the Upstate Livestock Exchange’s auction house and cattle barn in Williamston.