INDIANFIELDS TWP. – Police ask Caro-area residents to be on the lookout for an angry, injured black angus bull that escaped a slaughterhouse Monday morning after being shot in the head – which failed to kill the 1,100-pound animal.
The black-colored bull – which doesn’t have horns – “is a mean one,” said Sally McIntosh, co-owner of Caro Packing, 1131 Weeden Rd. about one mile southeast of Caro.
An emergency dispatcher described the bull as “injured and aggressive” when alerting authorities to the situation.
McIntosh said Caro Packing employee Jim Blanchard shot the bull in the head to kill it, but the animal survived and broke free. The bull moved about 150 yards from the slaughterhouse on the east side of Weeden Road into a woods west of Weeden Road about one-quarter mile south of Gun Club Road.
A number of homes are in the wooded area where the bull was last seen. Caro Packing co-owner Ken McIntosh searched the area in a car after the bull escaped about 9:45 a.m., and Caro Police Chief Brian Newcomb drove his cruiser along Weeden Road to look for the animal.
Sally McIntosh said she called police after the bull escaped the packing plant. “I want to catch the beef,” she said.
Cathy Cox, 61, who lives on land abutting the Caro Packing property, said she didn’t catch a glimpse of the animal this morning.
An animal has escaped the packing plant before, Cox said, though noting “it’s not very often that it happens.”
Cox said searchers shot and killed a cow on her land about 12 years ago after the animal fled the slaughterhouse.
“They couldn’t get a rope around it – it was having none of that,” Cox recalled. “So they shot it. They get some pretty rambunctious animals over there.”