Cow destroyed after posing a danger to public

A COW has been destroyed after escaping from a farm between Calne and Lyneham this morning.

Wiltshire Police were called to an incident shortly before 9am after a member of the public reported that a bull was on the loose on the main road.

Members of the public were warned not to approach the animal while officers attended the scene.

It later transpired that the bull was in fact a cow. 

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said: "Wiltshire Police were called to an incident before 9am this morning following a report of a bull on the loose in Hilmarton, Calne.

"Following assistance from both local farmers and the public, it later transpired that the bull had been mistaken for a cow that was missing from a nearby farm.

"The cow was highly distressed and, after consultation with its owner, it was decided that the animal would be humanly destroyed as it placed members of the public at significant risk of danger.

"At 12:48pm, the animal was destroyed by a trained officer and subsequently Quakers Lane, just off the A3102 in Goatacre, was shut for 30 minutes while transportation of the animal's body was arranged."
 

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3:37pm Thu 20 Feb 14

mrstidds says...

Poor cow, having to be humanly destroyed. It would have been much better if it was HUMANELY destroyed!!
Poor cow, having to be humanly destroyed. It would have been much better if it was HUMANELY destroyed!! mrstidds

3:44pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Hearditallbefore says...

Probably destroyed in a better way than normal maybe.
Probably destroyed in a better way than normal maybe. Hearditallbefore

5:24pm Thu 20 Feb 14

jfmorty says...

Perhaps the poor beast was destroyed by the human who couldn't tell the difference between a bull and a cow.
Perhaps the poor beast was destroyed by the human who couldn't tell the difference between a bull and a cow. jfmorty

5:53pm Thu 20 Feb 14

PJC says...

This article is dreadfully written, first it's a cow that was mistaken for a bull, then a bull mistaken for a cow, then it was 'humanly' destroyed....Sheesh!
This article is dreadfully written, first it's a cow that was mistaken for a bull, then a bull mistaken for a cow, then it was 'humanly' destroyed....Sheesh! PJC

6:36pm Thu 20 Feb 14

aslade123 says...

Poor cow :-(
Poor cow :-( aslade123

7:35pm Thu 20 Feb 14

timt1964 says...

why not just tranquilize it? makes me sick,the only danger to the public is the idiots who kill innocent animals rather than deal with the problem a better way.shame on all involved,no wonder the animal was distressed!
why not just tranquilize it? makes me sick,the only danger to the public is the idiots who kill innocent animals rather than deal with the problem a better way.shame on all involved,no wonder the animal was distressed! timt1964

8:06pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

That poor cow had no beef with anyone. I'd steak anything on that.
That poor cow had no beef with anyone. I'd steak anything on that. Davey Gravey

8:10pm Thu 20 Feb 14

PJC says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
That poor cow had no beef with anyone. I'd steak anything on that.
That's a bit 'low'.....
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: That poor cow had no beef with anyone. I'd steak anything on that.[/p][/quote]That's a bit 'low'..... PJC

8:22pm Thu 20 Feb 14

msw says...

HOLY COW!
HOLY COW! msw

8:23pm Thu 20 Feb 14

msw says...

NO BULL!
NO BULL! msw

8:42pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

Burger me said an onlooker who witnessed this slaughter. That cow can moove no more was also uddered from their lips apparently.personall
y thought it was a load of bull and they were milking it for attention.
Burger me said an onlooker who witnessed this slaughter. That cow can moove no more was also uddered from their lips apparently.personall y thought it was a load of bull and they were milking it for attention. Davey Gravey

10:15pm Thu 20 Feb 14

umpcah says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Burger me said an onlooker who witnessed this slaughter. That cow can moove no more was also uddered from their lips apparently.personall

y thought it was a load of bull and they were milking it for attention.
I heard that it was a horse anyway !
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Burger me said an onlooker who witnessed this slaughter. That cow can moove no more was also uddered from their lips apparently.personall y thought it was a load of bull and they were milking it for attention.[/p][/quote]I heard that it was a horse anyway ! umpcah

11:04pm Thu 20 Feb 14

twasadawf says...

The Cow/Bull escaped from swindon council offices ,after getting£200k from the sale of many green wheelie bin's but got caught up in the road works at bruce st bridges when on his way to appear on Question time with the Question to the panel of what do swindon council with all our money
The Cow/Bull escaped from swindon council offices ,after getting£200k from the sale of many green wheelie bin's but got caught up in the road works at bruce st bridges when on his way to appear on Question time with the Question to the panel of what do swindon council with all our money twasadawf

1:59pm Fri 21 Feb 14

SSmith3 says...

Sad, but when we take their calves away as soon as they're born so we can have all the milk it must cause them distress.
Sad, but when we take their calves away as soon as they're born so we can have all the milk it must cause them distress. SSmith3

5:17pm Fri 21 Feb 14

veganarmy says...

shows how little the farmer thinks of his animals. Too lazy and stupid to do the right thing - typical livestock farmer - only interested in money
shows how little the farmer thinks of his animals. Too lazy and stupid to do the right thing - typical livestock farmer - only interested in money veganarmy

5:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

RichardR1 says...

Not funny, this animal was probably distressed because so many idiots were screaming around it and others chasing it.
Not funny, this animal was probably distressed because so many idiots were screaming around it and others chasing it. RichardR1

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