Cow shot dead by armed police after apparently escaping local abbatoir


The cow was seen roaming around an area of Carlisle by shocked eyewitnesses

Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 16:06 pm Updated Friday, 6th September 2019, 16:33 pm A cow has caused havoc after it escaped from an abattoir in Cumbria and began roaming nearby housing estates.

The lone cow, which was affectionately named “Daisy”, was shot dead by police in Carlisle to “protect the public”. It is believed to have escaped from a nearby abattoir before it was due to be slaughtered and was on the loose for around two-and-half-hours. Armed officers cleared the area and killed the heifer in a cul-de-sac mid-afternoon on Wednesday.

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Police shooting

Bewildered eye-witnesses first spotted the brown cow as it took an early-morning stroll alongside a major road, shortly before midday. Daisy was said to be calmly wandering the town, stopping opposite the Dream Day spa. A runaway cow which escaped from an abattoir was shot dead by police (Photo: SWNS)

Firearm officers were then called to a quiet cul-de-sac where the decision was taken to shoot the “distressed” animal. Cumbria Police said the cow had to be brought down “following concerns for the public and motorists”. A spokesperson added: “Police were called at around 12pm today [21 August] to the report of a cow loose in the Kingstown area.

“The cow, which was in a highly distressed state, was destroyed by armed officers following concerns for the public and motorists. “Efforts were made to resolve the situation safely, however, given the potential danger and the increased stress on the animal a decision was taken to conclude the incident as quickly and humanely as possible.”

Escaped from abattoir

A runaway cow which escaped from an abattoir was shot dead (Photo: SWNS) An eyewitness said: “I don’t know how it got there. There was a cattle truck parked outside Arnold Clark’s and the driver was running around.”

The cul-de-sac was then cordoned off and armed police scrambled to the scene. Describing the situation, one witness said at the time: “My daughter couldn’t get into the cul-de-sac due to the police cordon. “She phoned me and told me to look out of the window.

I couldn’t believe a cow was standing on the neighbour’s drive. They said the cow had been in the area for around an hour. “It’s been there for an hour or so having a little wander. It looks quite calm atm (sic) but I know how dangerous cows can be.

I’m still confined to the house at the moment.”

It is thought the cow fled from West Scottish Lamb Limited, an abattoir near to where the heifer was found.

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