Downed cow suffered in agony

She mattered, but was left to suffer in agony for hours – the story of a downed cow

Researchers and scientists have been late to the party with their increasing evidence that animals feel pain, form social connections, and have emotions. Only recently have they “discovered” what most animal lovers already knew and until just recently, their science confirms it.

Which makes this story of a downed cow particularly painful. She mattered. She hurt. She feared. She suffered. But her status as nothing more than livestock meant that her suffering did not matter.

The tragic, and unfortunately true, story of this downed cow was posted to Facebook days ago – and it will be copied in its entirety below. The words, and the painful image, speak for themselves. This isn’t okay. This should never happen. But it does, time and again, and it is shameful.

Rest in Peace 💔The True Story of a “Downed Cow” -after the other animals were removed from the truck, she was left behind, unable to move. The stockyard workers used their customary electric prods in her ear to try to get her out of the truck, then beat and kicked her in the face, ribs, and back, but still she didn’t move.

They tied a rope around her neck, tied the other end to a post in the ground, and drove the truck away. The #cow was dragged along the floor of the truck and fell to the ground, landing with both hind legs and her pelvis broken. She remained like that until 7:30 pm. For the first 3 hours, she lay in the hot sun crying. When she urinated or defecated, she used her front legs to drag herself along the gravel roadway to a clean spot. She also tried to crawl to a shaded area but couldn’t move far enough. Altogether, she managed to crawl a painful 13-14 yards.

The employees not allowing her any water; the only #water she received was given to her by Jess Pierce, a local animal rights activist, who had been contacted by a woman who witnessed the incident. After receiving no cooperation from stockyard workers, she called the #KentonCountyPolice. A police officer arrived but was instructed to do nothing; he left @1 p.m. The stockyard operator informed Jess that he had permission from the insurance company to kill the cow but wouldn’t do it until Jessie left.

Although doubtful that he would keep his word, Jess left at 3 pm. She returned at 4:30 pm &found the stockyard deserted. Three dogs were attacking the cow, who was still alive. She had suffered a number of bite wounds, and her water had been removed. Jess contacted the police. 4 officers arrived at 5:30 pm a State trooper wanted to shoot the cow but was told that a vet should kill her. The 2 veterinarians at the facility would not euthanize her, claiming that in order to preserve the value of the #meat, she could not be destroyed. The #butcher arrived at 7:30 p.m. and shot the cow. Her body was purchased for $307.50.

Rest in peace – you deserved far better and you should have never been forced to suffer the way that you did.

(Image via Facebook)

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7 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:



  2. Linda says:

    I’m GONNA TELL YOU WHAT !!!!!!!!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU WHO DID THIS HORRIBLE ABUSE TO THAT ANIMAL will suffer yourself when you meet the Lord face to face!!!

  3. Bea Castro Leeman says:

    Please tell us where this happened and which busineness allowed this torture! They need to be exposed in the media, protests need to happen outside this business. They should be closed down and those neglectful employees and officers be held accountable! God rest that poor baby!

    • Barkley's Mom says:

      I’m with you, unless we know who did this, what company they provide meat for, etc. We have no place to send a grievance. There is no reason to allow this kind of treatment to any animal. RIP poor cow, you are in a better place now.

  4. Tracy says:

    I read this story with tears flowing. Why is it so hard for people to believe and accept that animals have feelings and think and have family instincts, and love and feel pain, and want to be cared for and understood. Is it because of the fact that they can’t speak, like we can understand, and tell us all this that we should already know? As a human being I am completely ashamed and embarrassed of the individuals who had a hand in this horrible and unbelievable event to this poor precious animal. I am a realist so I know there are people just like these people everywhere practicing ther ignorance when it comes to animals. So thankful for sites like this one that brings these stories to light. It’s overwhelming. The one bit of solice I hav is knowing that all animals go to heaven

  5. Bunny Peters says:

    I am so glad that I am allergic to some of the amino acids In meat…… I have been a vegetarian for most of my life…….

    It’s really not hard to follow a vegetarian lifestyle.

    I feel awful for this poor animal, the others like her, the horses crammed into trucks meant for sheep or cattle for long drives to the slaughter houses in Canada or Mexico, the 4H “living projects” loaded onto trucks right after the fair auction (they go from being pampered by the kids directly to the slaughter house), the chickens and pigs crowded in hot barns….. most animals raised for food do NOT live “good lives” before slaughter….. it’s horrible how badly many of them are treated…..

    If slaughter houses had windows, most people would become vegetarians…..

  6. Jay says:

    Let it be known that if I ever encounter a person who inflicts pain on an animal or allows this kind of suffering to go on without doing anything, you will meet a horrible death and your remains will be buried in the woods where no one will ever find them.


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