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RCMP officer shoots out-of-control cow after 911 call to Lawrencetown

An RCMP officer was forced to euthanize a cow that was out of control at the cattle sales in Lawrencetown Saturday. The animal got loose, was being aggressive, and injured several people. Police officers tried to herd the animal that had crossed highway 1 but were charged themselves at one point. The senior officer finally made the decision to put the animal down to protect the public.
An RCMP officer was forced to euthanize a cow that was out of control at the cattle sales in Lawrencetown Saturday. The animal got loose, was being aggressive, and injured several people. Police officers tried to herd the animal that had crossed highway 1 but were charged themselves at one point. The senior officer finally made the decision to put the animal down to protect the public.

LAWRENCETOWN - An out-of-control cow that got loose and injured several people at Saturday’s cattle sales in Lawrencetown was shot by an RCMP officer after police received a 911 call.

The distraught animal was being off-loaded and got loose, said Annapolis District RCMP Staff-Sgt. Dan MacGillivray. Police got the call at about 10 a.m. and arrived at the scene only to be charged by the animal themselves at one point.

“It was, I guess, stressed out, or was acting erratically,” said MacGillivray, adding that there was a veterinarian at the exhibition grounds and that the owner of the animal was close by. “I guess it hurt a couple of people. It appears like this animal was attacking people – (that was) the information our officers had.”

MacGillivray said the veterinarian was there with a tranquilizer gun but may not have been able to get in position to use it.

“Our officers were there and were trying to control the public,” said MacGillvray. “The animal crossed Highway 1. At one point the animal came towards the police car with its head down. Our officers got out of the way.”

 

Down The Trail

According to one report, the animal crossed the Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department property and headed east down the trail on the abandoned railway line. Another said it went east down Highway 1 and then got on the trail, getting as far as Roberts Mechanical several kilometres away in Brickton before RCMP stopped it.

“Eventually the senior officer on the scene had to make a decision based on public interest, public safety -- that this cow was out of control -- and when it was safe to do so he dispatched the animal,” said MacGillivray. “He fired his handgun and the animal fell and the vet was there within a few minutes and took over.”

MacGillivray admitted what happened Saturday morning isn’t something you hear of every day, and noted that the officer grew up around animals.

“The information the officer had was that the animal was out of control, and it appeared to be out of control to him,” he said. “They were trying to direct the animal and it was being very aggressive towards them and came towards the police car at one point in an aggressive manner -- that members had to get out of the way to avoid being hurt. And they heard that it already had hurt a couple of people. Given all of the circumstances they couldn’t risk the safety of the public and ended up having to euthanize the animal.”

 

Federation

Lloyd Evans, president of the Annapolis County Federation of Agriculture that runs the cattle sales, said some animals can become agitated when they are being moved and handled. An employee who was tagging the animal before it was to be moved in to the market said it was snorting and blowing out its nose.

To make things worse, a gate that normally would be in a position to herd the animal the right way was pushed the wrong way. Evans said there may be no way to prove it but he believes a member of the public had swung the gate the wrong way.

The cow was able to escape and according to Evans ran through a crowd of people, some of whom went to the hospital. He doesn’t know how many may have been hurt.

He said the federation and its committee that puts on the cattle sales spent a good part of Sunday discussing the event and coming up with safety measures – including keeping people away from the area where animals are being unloaded. He said a number of other safety measures have been identified, most to do with keeping spectators and animals separated.

The distraught animal was being off-loaded and got loose, said Annapolis District RCMP Staff-Sgt. Dan MacGillivray. Police got the call at about 10 a.m. and arrived at the scene only to be charged by the animal themselves at one point.

“It was, I guess, stressed out, or was acting erratically,” said MacGillivray, adding that there was a veterinarian at the exhibition grounds and that the owner of the animal was close by. “I guess it hurt a couple of people. It appears like this animal was attacking people – (that was) the information our officers had.”

MacGillivray said the veterinarian was there with a tranquilizer gun but may not have been able to get in position to use it.

“Our officers were there and were trying to control the public,” said MacGillvray. “The animal crossed Highway 1. At one point the animal came towards the police car with its head down. Our officers got out of the way.”

 

Down The Trail

According to one report, the animal crossed the Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department property and headed east down the trail on the abandoned railway line. Another said it went east down Highway 1 and then got on the trail, getting as far as Roberts Mechanical several kilometres away in Brickton before RCMP stopped it.

“Eventually the senior officer on the scene had to make a decision based on public interest, public safety -- that this cow was out of control -- and when it was safe to do so he dispatched the animal,” said MacGillivray. “He fired his handgun and the animal fell and the vet was there within a few minutes and took over.”

MacGillivray admitted what happened Saturday morning isn’t something you hear of every day, and noted that the officer grew up around animals.

“The information the officer had was that the animal was out of control, and it appeared to be out of control to him,” he said. “They were trying to direct the animal and it was being very aggressive towards them and came towards the police car at one point in an aggressive manner -- that members had to get out of the way to avoid being hurt. And they heard that it already had hurt a couple of people. Given all of the circumstances they couldn’t risk the safety of the public and ended up having to euthanize the animal.”

 

Federation

Lloyd Evans, president of the Annapolis County Federation of Agriculture that runs the cattle sales, said some animals can become agitated when they are being moved and handled. An employee who was tagging the animal before it was to be moved in to the market said it was snorting and blowing out its nose.

To make things worse, a gate that normally would be in a position to herd the animal the right way was pushed the wrong way. Evans said there may be no way to prove it but he believes a member of the public had swung the gate the wrong way.

The cow was able to escape and according to Evans ran through a crowd of people, some of whom went to the hospital. He doesn’t know how many may have been hurt.

He said the federation and its committee that puts on the cattle sales spent a good part of Sunday discussing the event and coming up with safety measures – including keeping people away from the area where animals are being unloaded. He said a number of other safety measures have been identified, most to do with keeping spectators and animals separated.

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