Police under fire after using car to raise runaway cow
Police in Thames Valley have come under fire after using a patrol car to run into a cow in the wild, fearing the animal posed a ‘significant danger’ to the public.
Graphic video circulating on social media shows officers using a car to ram a runaway cow that had escaped from a nearby farm.
The incident happened on Thursday 13 May on a road near the A329M in Wokingham, Berkshire.
The loose cow caused injuries to a member of the public and a police officer who had to be taken to hospital.
But hundreds of social media users have since criticized Thames Valley Police, with some calling the action they had taken “ unnecessary ” and “ cruel ”.
In a statement released by force the next day, he defended the officers’ actions, saying the cow in the wild posed a “ significant danger to motorists. ”
A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: “Officers attended the scene, closed the road and attempts were made for some time to contain the animal.
Please see below for a statement regarding an incident which took place last night involving a cow on the A329M in Wokingham ?? pic.twitter.com/19MOnpkong
– Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) May 14, 2021
“The cow then moved to a residential area in Woodley. Despite the efforts of the police and the farmer to whom the animal belonged, the cow could not be restrained safely.
“The cow became increasingly distressed and accused a member of the public of causing her minor injuries, as well as injuries to a TVP officer and damage to vehicles.”
The force said one of their cars was used in an attempt to stop the cow from running ahead, after all other attempts, including tranquilization, failed.
The Thames Valley Police spokesperson went on to say that a private company was then used to ‘humane euthanize’ the cow.
“This decision, while not taken lightly, was necessary to limit the animal’s suffering, to prevent further injury and to ensure the safety of the public.”