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Cows escape slaughterhouse, stampede through LA neighborhoods

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At least 34 cows broke free from a Los Angeles slaughterhouse Tuesday and proceeded to stampede through a neighborhood in Pico Rivera eventually resulting in one cow being shot and killed and one person being injured.

At approximately 8:35 pm on June 22, the cows made a run for it making quite a scene as they charged down the streets of a Los Angeles suburb. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to a number of cows running down streets, crashing through fences, and stomping people’s yards.

The cow that was shot and killed by a deputy was thought to have been charging a mother with her baby in a stroller according to KABC. Another cow was hit by a car but soon got up and trotted off. One person was injured by a cow and was transported by ambulance to a hospital.

At least seven deputy vehicles were on the scene as most of the cows were confined to one neighborhood. It took approximately two hours to corral the herd into horse trailers. They were able to round up most of the cattle although some made a break for it again and a few are still reportedly missing. Most of the cows were cornered and caught in a cul-de-sac. At one point, there were at least 20 cows on someone’s driveway in that neighborhood.

(Video Credit: ABC7)

“There’s still a few out and about,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Tracy Koerner said.

One cow was last seen with a lasso around its neck. Someone had evidently tried to rope it but the cow broke free. It trotted down the road and stopped to ponder a dog out with its owner who videoed it as the cow considered the dog. It eventually trotted off once again.

The Sheriff’s Department had some fun with the bovine havoc, tweeting: “POLICE ACTIVITY: Beverly Rd and Durfee Av, Pico Rivera. Several cows became loose and are in the area. Please avoid the area. STEER CLEAR for a few more minutes please. We are in the process of mooo-ving the cows!”

“All I know is that they were running for their lives and they are probably free for the very first time and anybody would want to escape,” Ginger Gaxiola, who was a witness to the bovine break, stated in an interview with KABC.

Individuals were actually out in the streets trying to lasso the cows. Others somehow avoided getting trampled even though they got extremely close to the herd to video them with their phones.

A man was injured somewhat when a cow charged him, but apparently not enough to merit medical attention. The cow hit him and stepped on him causing evident pain.

(Video Credit: Fox 11 Los Angeles)

A lot of people came out to see the cows. The media and police were warning people to go inside because of the “dangerous” escapees. They seemed very concerned about the safety of the animals especially after one was killed. That sentiment is ironic considering the animals broke free from a meatpacking plant where they were to be butchered.

No one is sure yet exactly how the cows got out.

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