Workers wrangle cattle in north St. Louis after slaughterhouse escape

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Police and personnel from the Humane Society of Missouri spent hours Thursday afternoon trying to capture several cattle after they escaped from a north St. Louis slaughterhouse.

Six cattle escaped from the Star Packing Company in the 3800 block of Cote Brilliante Avenue around 1:30 p.m. A handler forgot to latch the trailer and the cattle escaped.

The owner said they bring the cattle over from Illinois and house them at their facility in the city for about a day before taking them to a slaughterhouse near Grand Avenue. It turned out these cattle were not ready for that fate and put up quite a fight.

The cattle eluded officers all day by running across streets and into yards. Three cows cornered themselves in a parking lot at 21st and Branch before being wrangled back into the trailer.

The bovine duo was corralled and captured around 4 p.m. The cattle trio was caught a short time later. The final bull was caught around 6 p.m.

The owner said these are Kosher cattle.

Meanwhile, a nationally renowned farm animal rescue organization has offered to free transit and sanctuary to the six cattle. Farm Sanctuary operates three shelters for farm animals in New York and California. The organization recently partnered with comedian Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, as the couple opened a rescue farm in Colts Neck, New Jersey.