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CATTLE DRIVE: Escaped cow gets ride in police cruiser

Published 4:10pm Thursday, May 30, 2013

Clanton Police officers on Wednesday apprehended an unusual suspect.

A young bull on the loose was corralled after disrupting traffic.

A cow on the loose disrupted traffic and was apprehended by Clanton Police officers on Wednesday near the intersection of Liberty Street and Second Avenue.
A cow on the loose disrupted traffic and was apprehended by Clanton Police officers on Wednesday near the intersection of Liberty Street and Second Avenue.

Because the city’s truck that is used for animal control was in the shop for maintenance, officers, using a makeshift leash formed from a necktie, got the cow into a patrol car.

“They had to get the cow out of the road,” Capt. David Clackley said. “He started trying to act like a dog, sticking his head out the window.”

Officers Chris Whittles and Mark Johnson detained the cow shortly before lunchtime on Wednesday near the intersection of Liberty Street and Second Avenue.

After seeing a photo of the cow posted on Facebook–the post has elicited more than 660 “likes,” 538 “shares” and 70 comments–the cow’s owner contacted Clanton Police Department and took it home to property off Littlejohn Road, meaning the cow had traveled at least a couple of miles from his pasture.

“He’s back at home now,” Clackley said.

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