Bulls on the run in West Baltimore Friday morning captured after creating a commotion
BALTIMORE (WBFF) – Baltimore City Police have captured the escaped bulls who got loose in the Penn North area Friday morning, drawing a scene of onlookers and amateur photographers, eager to get a glimpse of the charging cattle. After officials worked for nearly three hours to corral the escaped bulls, the animals were finally loaded into trailers and removed from an apartment complex. Police dubbed the incident 'The Running of the Bulls - Baltimore-Style.'
Authorities contained the animals with gates brought in to the apartment complex, and, like most on a hot summer day, the bulls seemed to be drawn towards the shade.
The two animals reportedly escaped from a slaughterhouse on Pennsylvania Ave. by N. Woodyear St. around 7:30 a.m. While this is an unusual incident, drivers and pedestrians were urged to avoid the area for safety reasons.
“This is something that happens every so often,” said T.J. Smith, the department’s media relations director who added that it was important that the public was safe, and that they’d gotten lucky that there were “natural barriers” that helped keep the bulls in the complex. He also pointed out that it was fortunate that the incident was under control before temperatures soared to close to 100-degree Friday afternoon.
The situation may be familiar to some Baltimore residents. On June 13, 2014 one bull got loose from a local slaughterhouse, prompting police to cordon off several roads in the pedestrian-heavy Mt. Vernon before ultimately shooting the bull.
PETA commented on the incident after the bulls were captured, saying it would work to arrange for a new home for the two animals. "No bull deserves to be hacked apart for brisket or burgers, and these two are ambassadors for the rest," said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in a statement. "PETA will help find them a proper sanctuary home and gladly arrange for their transportation as well."
The group also said that three farmed-animal sanctuaries on the East Coast -- specifically in Wantage, N.J., Poolesville, Md., and Watkins Glen, N.Y., had already extended offers of refuge for the two bovine. Earlier on Thursday, a PETA media liaison also mentioned that those interested in learning about PETA's bull sanctuary in India can click here.