Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Three-quarter ton bull drags officers down NJ street




Do you think they took a little ribbing when they got back to the station house?
(AP) - PATERSON, N.J. - Police say a 1,400-pound bull that escaped from a northern New Jersey slaughterhouse dragged officers with a lasso down a street and ran 10 blocks before being captured and sedated. Chief John DeCando, spokesman for Paterson Police's animal control division, says the bull was being unloaded at ENA Meat Packing Inc. when it broke loose just before 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Police tried to corral the bull by lassoing a rope around the animal's neck, but it dragged officers down the street instead.

DeCando says traffic was light during the bull run. He says the area where the officers were dragged was not residential or near a school.

Officers finally corralled the animal and DeCando was able to sedate it.

No injuries were reported. The bull was returned to the slaughterhouse.

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3 comments:

Teresa said...

I feel like they should've released the bull into a pasture somewhere and let him live out his days Ferdinand-style, out of respect. I'm a happy carnivore, but delivering him back to the abbatoir after all that effort just doesn't seem fair. :p

Jack Brummet said...

I totally agree! He earned a free pass/get out of jail card. Of course, for the cops, they wanted to see him become hamburger ASAP to not remain as a reminder of their botched attempt to lasso him...

Teresa said...

Well, the first thing that pops to mind when I hear "New Jersey" is definitely not "rodeo" so the po-po could shrug it off pretty easily. :) But I suppose it was too difficult to corral him toward those four holes in the ground filled with quick-dry cement...