In late January, two heifers were shot at a Connecticut dairy. Now the community has rallied around the dairy’s owner, raising thousands of dollars to help replace the animals.

According to a report by the Hartford Courant, two heifers were brutally shot on the Palmer farm in North Stonington, Conn., on Jan. 30. The wounds were so severe that the dairy’s owners first assumed that the animals had been mauled by a wild animal. One of the heifers, named Angel, had to be euthanized due to injuries sustained. Read more here.

Since then, one dedicated state representative and a region of supporters together raised more than $11,000 for the Palmer farm.

High school student Asa Palmer, who owned Angel, has now purchased four Jersey heifers using the money donated to his cause.

Read, “Cows shot, thousands raised for farmer.”

KSEE News reports that two men have since been charged with allegedly shooting the animals.

The state representative, meanwhile, has proposed a bill, HB 6310, that would give injured animals a human advocate during court proceedings.

Read more here.