PICO RIVERA, Calif. - A herd of cows led deputies on a chase after escaping a slaughterhouse in Pico Rivera Tuesday night.
The runaway cows prompted a police scene at a culdesac near Beverly Road and Durfee Avenue. The injured person was taken to the hospital, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies say.
After deputies made initial attempts to round up the cows, some began sprinting from the scene, prompting an animal pursuit.
No other injuries were reported in the bizarre incident. However, at one point, one of the four-legged police chase suspects was hit by a car. It didn't take long for the cow to get back up and walk away from the crash scene.
A viewer shared a video of a herd of cows going on a stampede through the Pico Rivera neighborhood earlier in the night.
At a different point of the bizarre night, one of the cows began charging at a man, as the poor guy appeared to be in a lot of pain after the four-legged fugitive attacked and stepped on him.
It remains under investigation how the cows escaped the slaughterhouse in the first place.
Officials said that a total of 40 cows had escaped. Of the 40, 38 were safely captured, one was fatally shot, and one has not been located.
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk issued the following statement after the cows escaped the slaughterhouse:
"These cows’ desperate bid for freedom should have been recognized by moving them to a sanctuary, where they could have bonded with other rescued cows, nursed their calves in peace, and lived out their lives just as you and I hope to do. PETA invites anyone who cheered their escape or mourned their deaths to extend that compassion to all cows—and all other animals—by going vegan, and PETA stands ready to help with free vegan starter kits."