It turns out, a second cow had evaded capture after escaping the slaughterhouse. She survived on her own, without care, and went undetected for eight days. She was found Wednesday morning at a park in La Puente, California, about 12 miles away from the slaughterhouse. After failing to corral her with police cars, officers from the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center eventually roped the exhausted Angus.
On Thursday afternoon, we welcomed her home to our Acton Sanctuary. When our team picked her up, she was petrified, shaking so badly that all she wanted to do was lie down, but she was so afraid, she kept charging in fear. She is thin and dehydrated after 8 days on the run through the streets of LA fueled by nothing but fear, instinct, and the will to live.
“The entire nation found themselves rooting for a herd of escaped cows to make it to freedom and not end up on someone’s dinner plate,” said Reyes. “Getting two of the cows out alive, thanks to the compassion of Pico Rivera officials, the generosity of Manning Beef, and the tireless lifesaving work of Farm Sanctuary will go down as one of my proudest moments as an activist.”
“We are glad to see a positive outcome for the future of this last remaining cow,” said Carmona. “I’m personally glad the owner of Manning Beef realized the positive nature of this generous gesture of giving this animal to Farm Sanctuary.”