Rescued cow succumbs after being pulled from cold water

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 March 2017 at 5:09 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

SHELBY – Shelby firefighter John Miller II, holding oxygen mask, and Fire Chief Andy Benz help a steer that was pulled out of a pond at about 12:30 today.

The steer showed signs of recovery initially after being pulled out of the water. But the cow was unable to get back on its feet and died at about 4 p.m.

The animal may have had hypothermia or suffered from taking in too much water, according to one of the firefighters.

The steer is owned by Jack Farrell of Dunlop Road. Farrell and three of his neighbors – Russ Peters, Connie Murray and Justin Gray – were able to get the animal out of a pond after it fell through the ice.

The cow was no longer breathing when it was pulled out of the water. Shelby firefighters used an oxygen mask to help revive the animal.

Firefighters try to keep the cow warm after it was pulled from the icy water today.

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