40 Cows Led Police On A Chase After Escaping A Slaughterhouse And The Footage Will Make You Go Vegan

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Writing about cows escaping Shawshank is going to be a difficult defense against my father’s claim that I don’t have a real job, but lucky for me, he doesn’t know how to open a Chrome window.

So here goes.

A herd of 40 cattle escaped a local slaughterhouse in Puerto Rico after the gate to the meat packing facility was left open, stampeding through the residential streets of Pico Rivera, according to KTLA.

“It sounded like thunder,” a resident said.

(Shoutout to the social media associate at the Pico Rivera PD who had to unironically tweet this).

Authorities were called shortly after 7:30 p.m. about several cows loose in the road on Beverly Boulevard, with footage from Sky5 showing at least 20 cows huddled together at the far end of a cul-de-sac.

Officials said one of the cows was shot by deputies as they worked to round up the livestock, claiming that it charged at a family of four, knocking some of them to the ground. Members of the family were taken to the hospital and treated with minor injuries.

“To protect the family from further injury, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the animal,” the Sheriff’s Department said.

It didn’t end there.

As authorities boxed the herd in at the end of the cul-de-sac and began loading them into trailers at 9:45 pm, three cows escaped and led deputies on a pursuit across town.

One of the cows remained unaccounted for as of Wednesday morning.

Let’s bring in the memes.

I think I’ll have chicken tonight.

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.