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Stray cow killed by deputies' Tasers
The Associated Press
SPOKANE VALLEY — A cow that wandered into traffic near a freeway shopping mall was killed by Spokane County sheriff's deputies who repeatedly stunned it with a Taser.
"We're not cowboys. I don't believe we have any rodeo champions on staff," spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said of the deputies decision to repeatedly "zap" the animal Wednesday after efforts to restrain it failed.
The cow was among three that escaped from a nearby field near the Spokane Valley Mall. Two of the bovines were quickly recaptured by their owners, but one avoided capture for about four hours, eventually trotting onto a freeway ramp.
State law requires deputies "to do whatever you can do to keep somebody from dying as a result of collision with a cow," Reagan said.
The cow was cornered by deputies about 11 a.m. between the mall and Interstate 90.
Several deputies who had seen a video of a Brahman bull being incapacitated by a Taser decided to stun the creature and tie its legs with a long leather strap ordinarily used to restrain kicking humans.
But the cow recovered before the strap could be used and deputies then zapped the cow "again and again" and the animal died, Reagan said.
No charges are pending against the cow's owner.
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