LOS ANGELES (AP) — Songwriter Diane Warren
intervened Thursday to save the life of a cow that had evaded capture for more than a day after a herd escaped from a slaughterhouse in Southern California
and stampeded through a suburb.
According to Warren and Pico Rivera City Manager Steve Carmona, the Grammy-winning artist contacted the city to arrange for the cow to be transported to the Farm Sanctuary north of Los Angeles.
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Carmona stated that when Warren intervened, the City Council had already authorized him to begin discussions with the owner of the slaughterhouse about the cow, and that the transfer was contingent on a state agriculture health
are very smart, empathetic animals
. I mean, they knew there was an open door,” Warren, a vegetarian
for 23 years, said. “This morning, I woke up and I saw there was one cow that hadn’t been caught yet — and they’re trying to catch her and getting close to her. I saw her crying out and I couldn’t unsee that.”
Warren explained that she felt compelled to act because she runs a farm animal rescue
“This isn’t my first cow I’ve saved, but it feels like a special cow because this was that one. It’s almost as if she represents all cows wanting to be free,” she explained.
The cow became a celebrity
after disappearing in the nation's most populous county until it was discovered before dawn Thursday in the sprawling Whittier Narrows recreation area in South El Monte, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles.
It didn't give up easily.
During the capture, which was covered by TV news
helicopters, two wranglers lassoed the cow, but it knocked down and kicked one of them. At one point, Los Angeles County
sheriff's deputies used patrol cars to keep the big animal from bolting into rush-hour traffic on a nearby major road.
The cow was one of 40 that escaped from a slaughterhouse in Pico Rivera on Tuesday evening and ran through the neighborhood, where one was shot and killed when it charged at a family
, and all but one were quickly apprehended.
The fugitive was apprehended several miles away from the Pico Rivera slaughterhouse, which Carmona said has been in operation since the 1920s.
Agriculture, which once dominated the region, has all but vanished as a result of urbanization.
“This whole thing is so heartbreaking,” Warren said, adding, “Right now, I'm calling it a good moos. A little good moos when there's so much bad news, so that was just a little bright spot today.”