Cattle captured after escaping into north St. Louis

Around 1 p.m., the cattle were reported missing from the Star Packing Company on the 3800 block of Cote Brilliante Avenue.

Six sneaky cattle escaped a St. Louis slaughterhouse Thursday and led police and animal control officers on a day-long chase through several neighborhoods.

The cattle got loose through a door at the slaughterhouse, according to Fourth District Capt. Renee Kriesmann. Two cattle are at the Little Sisters of the Poor located near the intersection of Florissant and Salisbury. Officers were seen holding tranquilizer rifles. A cattle trailer was backed up to a home in the area.

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The "freedom dash" didn't just catch Brewer's eye, but that of the New York-based Farm Sanctuary which has offered to take in the runaways. She said each shelter would take in three cattle. One of the oldest dairy cows on the farm lived to be 28, Coston said.

Omar Hamdan with Star Packing Company says an open gate at the slaughterhouse allowed the kosher heifers to slip free - the first such escape Hamdan says he's seen in more than 40 years in the business.

'If anyone wants to buy them that's fine, ' Hamdan said Thursday.

  • Salvatore Jensen