Police shoot cow that escaped Minnesota State Fairgrounds

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Posted: Oct 16, 2015 6:28 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police in St. Paul say officers had to shoot and kill a cow that escaped from the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Sgt. Mike Ernster says the cow got loose about 11:45 a.m. Friday. Officers cornered the animal near some railroad tracks about 45-minutes later. Authorities weren't able to tranquilize or corral the cow with squad cars. After the animal charged officers and a railroad worker, police and animal control officials decided they had to kill her.

State Fair spokeswoman Christine Noonan says the white heifer named Breanna got loose as she was being unloaded from her trailer for the Minnesota British White and Park Association cattle sale on the fairgrounds.

Police say Breanna's owner plans to have the cow processed and donate the meat to a charity.