The Great Escape
On Wednesday, May 6, a 500-pound Black Angus cow made history by escaping from a Queens, NY, slaughterhouse. The one-year-old led NYPD officers on a mile-long chase through the residential neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens, before getting trapped in a backyard, where she was subdued with a tranquilizer dart.
How she escaped is still a mystery to police, but one thing is for sure—her intuitive sprint saved her life. Says ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agent Richard Ryan, “This cow’s ability to have found a weak link in the process of being transported to a slaughterhouse and alter her destiny is something to be honored.”
NYPD officers transported the bovine to Animal Care and Control’s Brooklyn shelter, where she received water, hay and a name—Molly. One day later, ASPCA Special Agent Ryan and ASPCA Special Investigator Timothy Stack transported Molly to her new home, a sanctuary called the Farrm in Calverton, NY, with a 15-year history of taking in a variety of species of rescued animals.
Says Agent Ryan, “Molly was a little frightened of humans, as you can imagine, but she’ll soon become acclimated to people as she lives out her life peacefully on an organic farm, rather than on a plate. Her future looks bright!”
Bright indeed, Molly is now dining on Farrm-made hay and beginning to trust humans a little bit more. Rex Farr, the sanctuary’s owner, notes, “Molly shied away when I first put hay into the feeder. Now she’s warming up to me and her new friend, a steer named Wexley.”
“We’re getting new pastures,” Farr continues. “This summer, Molly and Wexley will have nice organic grass to munch on.”
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