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Runaway Steer Update

On Thursday, January 4th at 11:20 AM Washtenaw Metro Dispatch received a call of two cows running loose near the intersection of Plymouth Rd. and Dixboro in Ann Arbor Township.

Deputies arrived on scene and met with the owner of the animals. The owner clarified that

these animals were large steer and as she was transporting them to Milan to be butchered her

trailor door was broken and the steer got loose. The owner also advised that she had no way to

corral the animals. Subsequently, all parties involved agreed that due to their size,

aggressiveness, proximity to residential neighborhoods, and that they were previously set to be

butchered the animals would need to be dispatched on scene and transported by the owners


Deputies, along with the owner and several local citizens worked together to locate the

animals. The first animal was located a short time later and a Sheriff’s Office Supervisor was

able to dispatch the steer. The second steer however, was more difficult to locate and required

the use of the Michigan State Police helicopter. Again, due to the size, aggressiveness, and

proximity to residential neighborhoods the decision was made to utilize the neccessarey

resources in order to locate and dispatch of the animal.

The Sheriff’s Office role was to ensure public safety by assisting the owner in locating and

dispatching of her animals in a timely and safe manner. Once both animals were located the

owner resumed possession and the decisions of how and when to dispose of the animals are

solely hers.

For media inquiries contact Director Jackson at 734-891-2243 or

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