Cow dies after being stunned by deputies in Washington state

The Associated Press

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.- Sheriff's deputies killed a cow that wandered into traffic near a shopping mall by repeatedly shocking it with a stun gun.

The animal escaped Wednesday from a field near the mall and eventually trotted onto a freeway ramp.

Deputies decided to stun the cow and tie its legs with a long leather strap ordinarily used to restrain people. But the cow quickly recovered from the initial electric shock, and deputies zapped it repeatedly.

"We're not cowboys. I don't believe we have any rodeo champions on staff," said Sgt. Dave Reagan, a spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff's Department.

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