Escape of cattle from St. Louis slaughterhouse spurs roundup

Cattle that fled St. Louis slaughterhouse given reprieve

Witnesses reported seeing the cattle in the streets as employees from the Star Packing Co. and police tried to corral them onto a cattle trailer to bring them back to the plant in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The cows got away from the Star Packing Company on the 3800 block of Cote Brilliante after someone left the gate open.

SWAT team members with rifles were called to the scene, while animal control officers and the Humane Society of Missouri workers stood nearby to help. Director Susie Coston told the Post-Dispatch, "it's just so incredibly sad".

Several cattle escaped from a slaughterhouse in north Saint Louis.

Gentle Barn co-founder Jay Weiner says his animal sanctuary intends to keep the steers either at its Tennessee farm or a new one. The slaughterhouse's owner says those rescue groups can have the cattle, if the price is right.

Each animal is priced at around $1,800 depending upon how much they weigh.

That's prompted a local vegetarian to launch an online fundraising push to buy the animals' freedom. All six were captured and contained by 7:06 p.m. that night, according to the St. Louis Police Department.

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