Escape of cattle from St. Louis slaughterhouse spurs roundup

Escape of cattle from St. Louis slaughterhouse spurs roundup

Escape of cattle from St. Louis slaughterhouse spurs roundup

The cattle managed to elude police officers and staff from the Humane Society of Missouri for several hours, running across streets and into yards and parking lots.

Six cattle escaped from the Star Packing Company in the 3800 block of Cote Brilliante Avenue around 1 p.m.

A heifer bursts through an iron fence Thursday at the Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Louis.

SWAT officers responded with rifles as a precaution, Kriesmann said.

The cattle attracted groups of onlookers in each of the areas.

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Thursday afternoon and took to St. Louis streets, interrupting traffic.

New York-based Farm Sanctuary and an animal-rescue organization in New Jersey are offering to take in the renegade bovines.

Slaughterhouse owner Omar Hamdan said the farm leaders can have the cattle, all of which he said were heifers, for a price. All six were captured and contained by 7:06 p.m. that night, according to the St. Louis Police Department.

"If anyone wants to buy them", he told the Post-Dispatch, "that's fine".

While the cattle have been corralled, a vegetarian St. Louis man has launched a GoFundMe account to "Save Chico and Friends".

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