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Baltimore police shoot cow running loose in city

By Juliet Linderman

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police shot and killed a steer that escaped from a city slaughterhouse on a downtown street Friday morning, a spokeswoman said.

The animal was shot shortly after 10:15 a.m. in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, and police confirmed it escaped from the George G. Ruppersberger and Sons Inc. slaughterhouse in west Baltimore.

Sgt. Sarah Connolly said police received calls from business owners concerned about the animal running loose. The neighborhood is home to numerous bars, restaurants and shops.

The animal was "increasingly aggressive," and officers made several attempts to trap it before killing it, police said on the department's Facebook page.

Sam Wirtz, who lives three blocks away, said he was walking to visit a friend when he saw the animal running down the street.

"I was trying to get other people to get the hell out of the way," he said.

Wirtz, who grew up around livestock in Texas, said he heard four shots but didn't see the animal fall.

"This is normal for me, just not in Baltimore city," he said.

After the shooting, police moved their cars to block from view the dark-colored animal, which was lying on its side next to a black pickup with limbs straight out.

The carcass was hauled away by representatives of a company that recycles restaurant grease and animal byproducts.

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icikebbocsike June 13 2014 at 9:20 PM

he escaped took some effort and his good luck should have been supported... tranquilize and take to sanctuary to live out his life... what happened to chivalry?

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sktmiwild June 13 2014 at 7:41 PM

Well, they should gun it down since it was running for it's life and was a "big frickin threat to all"!!! They would feel the same way if they had escaped from the death trap running for freedom. So frickin sad.

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Sergeant June 13 2014 at 8:09 PM

If I were in Baltimore I'd run away too...

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mm8x6mm June 13 2014 at 10:33 PM

I would have voted for giving it a stay of execution after it earned its freedom from escaping from the slaughter house. Its a cow for christ sakes...not Godzilla!

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David June 13 2014 at 8:57 PM

Shouldn't your writers/editors learn the difference in "Cows," and "Steers?"

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sylvabugg2 June 13 2014 at 9:25 PM

Typical trigger happy cops. Why couldn't they have just called someone to come tranquilize it?

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rozbud107 June 13 2014 at 11:21 PM

OH my god it got free so lets kill it. Poor thing was trying to save its own life. People make me sick always wanting to kill the animals.

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jimsr375 June 13 2014 at 7:44 PM

yeah well l knew yankee cops were stupid but after this l know they are stupid

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evteckelhse June 13 2014 at 8:39 PM

Baltimore "bulls" shooting a cow.....so sad for the cow,... but, probably a much swifter, kinder death than it would have experienced in the slaughter house - they're not exactly known for being humane.

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ag925 June 13 2014 at 8:26 PM

How many Texans does it take to eat a road kill? Answer: Three. Two have to watch for cars.

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