Three Arkansas residents are charged in southwest Missouri after a driver reported seeing a cow's leg sticking through the floor of a cattle trailer and dragging along a highway.

The Joplin Globe reported that 44-year-old Holder P. Crow of Garfield, 34-year-old Ricky K. Obershain of Hindsville and 36-year-old Stephanie J. Weston of Pea Ridge were charged with theft and animal abuse.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a trooper stopped the trailer Tuesday night on U.S. 71 near Pineville. Investigators determined the trailer and the cattle were stolen from McDonald County.

The trailer held 11 cows. Four had to be destroyed because of their injuries.

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