Swastika spray painted on cow statue in Woodstock, police increase patrols
Racist comments also left on church, houses
Police are investigating a string of racist graffiti marks spray painted over night across multiple locations in Woodstock, Ont., including a swastika symbol painted on the Springbank Snow Countess Monument.
The monument was erected in 1937 to honour "a record-setting milk producing Holstein Friesian cow," according the the City of Woodstock website.
Racist comments and profanities were also found on a church, a number of vehicles, garage doors, and the side of a house, according to a statement from the Woodstock Police Service.
"The community is in general dismay," acting Sgt. Mike Beattie told CBC News.
"You don't want to live in a community that people are defacing public property. It looks bad on the community."
Beattie said that police will increase patrols in the general area, but added they have no suspects.
The black graffiti is believed to have caused an estimated $2,000 in damage.
Police are investigating the incident and have asked anyone with information to contact the Woodstock Police Services or Crimestoppers.
A local company has been contacted to begin removing the graffiti. Beattie said it could take anywhere between a couple of hours to a couple of days to get it all removed.