July 8, 2014 3:26 pm

14 shots used by RCMP officer to euthanize injured calf in Warman

RCMP say a cow was repeatedly shot in order to euthanize the injured animal which posed a risk to the public at Warman, Sask.

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WARMAN, Sask. – A problem calf was euthanized by RCMP at Warman, Sask. on Monday.

It started when a farmer was attempting to round up cattle that got loose on Highway 11 near Warman Sask.

Officers attended the area and assisted the owner.

Around 4:15 p.m., RCMP received another call about a loose cow on the west side of the city.

The loose calf, bred for rodeo bucking, was agitated and kicking at people as they approached.

It was also evident that it had a broken hind leg.

Three Mounties tried helping the owner control the calf but were unsuccessful.

The owner then asked officers to put it down out of concern for public safety and to alleviate the animal from suffering further.

Before RCMP obliged, the owner advised officers that their ammunition for the RCMP-issued shotgun would be ineffective and they should instead use a service pistol.

It took an officer 14 shots with his service pistol to put the animal down.

A veterinarian who attended the scene said several of the shots landed in an area of the animal’s skull, which proved ineffective.

The owner dealt with the remains.

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