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Heifer killed after chase through New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. – A 1,000-pound heifer led police and a hastily formed group of volunteers on an hourlong slow-speed chase here Monday night.

The cow, which got loose while being unloaded at Mills Locker Plant, eluded authorities until they shot the cow in the head. But not before the Black Angus shattered a window at a bank and led police officer Sedrick Borsgard and a number of volunteers across town through yards and along streets and sidewalks.

The chase began when the heifer fled the locker plant and headed west, breaking a window at Farmers & Merchants State Bank before turning north. It then crossed through an intersection, coming close to kids riding bicycles on the street, before ducking into the cover of trees behind a group of homes.

The cow, which by then was bleeding from the mouth because of the broken window, then reappeared, strolling at a steady pace along the sidewalk in front of First Congregational United Church of Christ before turning southeast through backyards and toward Smith Park.

Borsgard, along with volunteers attempting to corral the runaway animal, continued the pursuit across town. Borsgard reported the heifer charged him and grazed his side at one point. Borsgard was not injured.

The heifer was finally stopped at the edge of town near Trinity Lutheran Church. As it emerged from some trees in a yard and headed toward the road, volunteers helped end the pursuit.

A civilian shot the cow with a single bullet, dropping the animal to the ground. Borsgard arrived shortly after and killed the heifer with a shotgun slug.
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