Escape of cattle from St. Louis slaughterhouse spurs roundup
- Author: Ismael Montgomery Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 4:40
Police spent hours Thursday afternoon trying to capture several cattle after they escaped from a north St. Louis slaughterhouse.
Six heifers slipped out of the Star Packing Co. and took to north St. Louis streets, trotting through neighborhoods and interrupting traffic.
"It's just so incredibly sad". Three other three cattle are at Branch and 21st.
Susan Coston, director of Farm Sanctuary in NY, said that she is looking to partner with another organization to give the runaways homes. The slaughterhouse's owner says those rescue groups can have the cattle, if the price is right.
'If anyone wants to buy them that's fine, ' Hamdan said Thursday.
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Omar Hamdan with Star Packing Company says an open gate at the slaughterhouse allowed the kosher heifers to slip free - the first such escape Hamdan says he's seen in more than 40 years in the business.
Asked about Hamdan's offer to sell the crafty cattle, Coston said the farm doesn't pay for any animals.
While the cattle have been corralled, a vegetarian St. Louis man has launched a GoFundMe account to "Save Chico and Friends".
Brewer said he saw the story about the loose cattle on social media and he wanted to help get the cattle to an animal sanctuary.