Birmingham, AL 03/26/2018
A lost cow that was rescued by Sheriff’s deputies Saturday evening has been returned to the owner.
Just after 4:30 pm this past Saturday evening deputies responded to a report of a cow on the loose near Tinmill Road and Jaybird Road. Patrol deputies arrived on scene and located the cow, but could not locate the owner. They called on the Sheriff’s animal cruelty investigator for assistance.
After about an hour of following and trying to capture the young bull, he was taken into custody. The owner could not be located Saturday night.
The cow was loaded into a trailer and taken to the Jefferson County Rescue Barn until the owner could be located. The animal was not injured and appeared to be in good health.
Monday morning the owner of the cow contacted the Greater Birmingham Humane Society about his missing cow. They put him in contact with the Sheriff’s Animal Cruelty Investigator.
The Sheriff’s Animal Cruelty Investigator met with the owner at his property in Dolomite, near where the calf had first been spotted Saturday. He learned that the owner had come to the property Saturday morning and discovered the gate open and the calf missing. The owner filed a report with the Birmingham Police Department that morning about the missing cow assuming it had been stolen. Sunday evening a family member told him that they had seen a news report about a cow being rescued near Tinmill Road and Jaybird Road.
The cow was returned to the owner and taken home. The animal was healthy and not injured. The owner will not face any charges related to the escape.