Officer reunited with calf he rescued

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Despite having no cow expertise, a Fort Wayne police captain corralled a stray calf that wandered down the middle of a busy road.
“I’m coming down Butler Road and this woman’s like, there’s a cow down there in the road. And I’m like, let’s go get her,” PJ Smith says.
Saturday, Fort Wayne police captain Smith responded to a call about a cow in the intersection of Hillegas and Butler Roads.
“One thing I do know about cows, you know how with your dog you just say, come here, baby. It don’t work with cows. They just kind of look at you,” he says.
Captain Smith freely admits he’d never wrangled a cow before, so he improvised.
Capt. PJ Smith/Fort Wayne Police Department: “Got my dog’s leash out and made a lasso and just kind of walked up on her and put it around its neck,” he says.
But then what to do?
Fortunately, a man drove up.
“He sees me standing in the road with a cow and he’s like, can I help you? And I’m like, yeah. So he got a tow strap and tied it to the leash and then tied it to his bumper,” Smith says.
While Smith got a bag of feed from a farmer friend, the man walked the cow down the road to Animal Care and Control where employees eventually tracked down the owner.
“I’ve only had her since Friday and on Saturday she escapes, and so I’m wondering if this is going to become a habit. I’m really hoping not,” Lana Beregszazi
She says Bella was born a few months ago on her brother’s farm and was rejected by her mother, so she took Bella in to raise her as a pet.
“She is really, really sweet. She thinks she’s a dog. She comes out and comes running to me in the morning, which kind of scares people because a cow comes running at you, but she literally just thinks she’s a puppy,” she says.
She wants to thank Smith for taking care of Bella, and is taking steps to ensure the calf doesn’t get out again.
“I was so concerned that somebody was going to hit her because it was such a slick day. You come around a curve and there’s a cow standing there and you don’t have time to stop. And you cause harm to a person or their vehicle or her,” she says.
She says Bella will be penned up for the next few weeks so that she gets used to her new home and doesn’t go on walkabout again.

Corinne Rose

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