In New Hampshire, Wendy Bordeleau and her neighbors are up in arms over the repeated tasering of a 500-pound 1-year-old heifer that had escaped from her herd in Dracut, Massachusetts. People were trying to herd the cow back into the fenced area when police were called and began to taser the animal over the objections of onlookers.
The police insisted that they had no choice after the cow tore down a couple of fences, but onlookers said the taserings did nothing but irritate the cow.
Doug Hirsch (boyfriend of Bordeleau) stated “It was almost like [the police] wanted to punish the cow for ruining their afternoon.’’
Police, however, say that the cow had already been free for a couple of hours. Sergeant Michael Pickles stated that the police used tasers three times and that it motivated the cow to return to an area to be controlled. At least this was not another case of cow taserings for fun.
A complaint has been filed against the police.