Dairy cows died in fire

Fire claims approximately 800 dairy cows

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An estimated 800 dairy cows perished in a devastating fire in Steinbach, Canada, early Monday morning. As reported by Global News, crews with the Steinbach Fire Department were dispatched around 4:42 a.m. By the time that fire crews arrived, three barns were engulfed in flames. A fourth barn was subsequently destroyed.

Only 200 cows were saved from the Pennwood Dairy Inc. barns.  As reportedy Steinbach Online, earlier this year, the dairy farm had stated that it intended to expand its cattle herd to 1,700.

The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but it broke out during milking operations. The farm employees escaped the barns without harm.

On Monday morning, the Winnipeg Humane Society wrote:

Over 800 dairy cattle have perished in a barn fire near Steinbach, Manitoba. The Winnipeg Humane Society strongly advocates for a complete revision of current animal housing standards, to mitigate barn fires from occurring and saving thousands of trapped animals from perishing in such a horrific manner.

(Image of dairy cows via Pixabay)

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2 replies
  1. Carol Green says:

    I guess there are no heroes when it comes to dairy cattle. It’s hard for me to imagine all those cows standing in their stocks, completely dependent on their human handlers to release them. Instead, all the cowards escaped with their lives leaving 800 precious cows bawling and thrashing trying to escape the pain and torture of the wicked flames and smoke.


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