Police shoot cow running loose

JULIET LINDERMAN Associated Press Published:

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore police shot and killed a cow that escaped from a city slaughterhouse on a downtown street Friday morning,.

The animal was shot shortly after 10:15 a.m. in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, and police believe it escaped from a slaughterhouse in west Baltimore, Sgt. Sarah Connolly said.

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.

After the shooting, police moved their cars to block from view the dark-colored animal, which was lying on its side 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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