Animal Control Captures Wayward Cow

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News Release:13/192/0142/LHC(1)
July 15, 2013



Animal Control Captures Wayward Cow


            Sully Police District – Animal Control Officers responded to a report of a bull running loose near a shopping center at Union Mill Road in the Centreville area. The bull turned out to be a cow from a local farm that had been loose for a few days. The cow was reportedly aggressive, pregnant, and officers were warned it may attack if cornered.

            The Scottish Highland cow had reportedly escaped from a farm on Winfield Road in Fairfax on Thursday, July 11 and police received several calls of sightings in the following days. Several attempts to corral the cow were unsuccessful.

            Finally, Officers spotted the orange and brown horned cow at around 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 coming out of the woods near Union Mill Road. The cow reportedly charged the officers and fled through neighborhood yards. Officers were eventually able to tranquilize the cow. A veterinarian who had responded to assist was injured during the animal’s apprehension and was later treated for her non life-threatening wounds. The cow was not injured.


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