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Runaway NYC cow gets a reprieve

NEW YORK -- There were a lot of laughs and quick video shots Thursday when Freddie the cow got loose in Queens, New York Thursday and sent police officers on a wild chase.

But the funny moment had a bittersweet tinge after the cow was caught and presumably sent back to its destiny at a slaughterhouse in Jamaica, Queens.

Dashcam video posted to Twitter showed the cow running through the intersection at 164th Street and Jamaica Avenue in the outer New York City borough on Thursday.

The animal was tracked down at a parking garage.

Police reported no injuries.

Azan Kahn said the cow had been delivered from Upstate New York, and was being transferred from a trailer when he got loose.

"The trailer guy bring the cow to take him in the pen. I want to bring him in the pen. That's how escape, in the pen so we can't catch him. He just run away. That's it," Kahn said.

On Friday, an animal rescue group in Wantage, N.J. announced some good news for Freddie.

"Say hello to Freddie... On our way to the vet to get checked out..." was the message posted on the Facebook page of Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue.

The Wantage, N.J. shelter rescues animals and promotes the Vegan lifestyle, according to its mission statement:

"Preventing the exploitation of animals is not the only reason for becoming vegan, but for many it remains the key factor in their decision to go vegan and stay vegan. Having emotional attachments with animals may form part of that reason, while many believe that all sentient creatures have a right to life and freedom. Specifics aside, avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious ways you can take a stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation everywhere."

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Facebook post Sklyands Animal Sanctuary
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