A frightened black cow spotted running under the Pomona (60) Freeway in South El Monte Wednesday morning — eight days after she escaped from a Pico Rivera slaughterhouse — will be donated to a sanctuary to join another cow who escaped from the same facility, city officials said Wednesday.
The animal struggled to avoid capture after she was located at about 10:30 a.m. at San Angelo Park at 245 S. San Angelo Ave. in La Puente, a few miles away from where she was first seen several hours earlier, Baldwin Park Animal Care Center Manager Maria Rosales told City News Service.
It was not easy to capture her, Rosales said.
“(She) was just scared. There was commotion from squad cars and animal control vehicles,” she said.
The first sighting of the cow was reported at 4:07 a.m. at Durfee Avenue and Peck Road, said Officer Patrick Kimball of the California Highway Patrol. The cow did not impact traffic while under the freeway, he said.
She was spotted again at about 6 a.m. but animal control officers lost sight of her until she turned up at the park, Rosales said. The cow was taken to the Baldwin Park animal shelter and given food and water while staff used information on her ear tag to locate her owner, Rosales said.
Later Wednesday, Pico Rivera officials confirmed that the animal came from Manning Beef Co., the same slaughterhouse where some 40 bovines escaped on June 22 when an employee mistakenly left a door open.
The animals stampeded through residential streets, causing some property damage. One cow was killed by a sheriff’s deputy after charging at a family, and one was recovered two days later in South El Monte, about five miles away, and donated to Farm Sanctuary in Acton thanks to the efforts of famed songwriter Diane Warren and the group Animal Alliance Network.
“Seeing these cows escaping their horrible fate broke my heart,” Warren said. “They knew what awaited them. These are smart, empathetic, beautiful souls.”
Warren and Farm Sanctuary stepped up once again to rescue the cow recovered Wednesday, along with Pico Rivera City Manager Steve Carmona, who negotiated with the owner of Manning Beef to secure the cow’s freedom.
“We are glad to see a positive outcome for the future of this last reaming cow,” Carmona said. “I’m personally glad the owner of Manning Beef realized the positive nature of this generous gesture of donating this animal to Farm Sanctuary.”
The first cow donated to Farm Sanctuary arrived on Saturday. The most recently recovered cow was still at Manning Beef Company late Wednesday afternoon, where final arrangements were being made for her transport to the sanctuary.
The other cows were recovered and returned to the slaughterhouse last week, where they were killed.