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Wayward goat, steer captured by NYPD get new homes

NYPD officers rescued a cow that got loose

NYPD officers rescued a cow that got loose from a halal slaughterhouse and ran into a parking garage in Jamaica on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Photo Credit: NYPD / NYPD

A steer and a goat that fled their owners in Queens are getting new homes — including one in Suffolk County — after the NYPD’s 103rd Precinct rescued them this week.

Officers received separate calls about a goat weaving in traffic in St. Albans, Queens, and a steer that ran from a slaughterhouse to a Jamaica parking garage.

Both animals were captured and later adopted by animal havens.

The male goat, named Blue after the color of police uniforms, has taken residence at Steppin’ Out Ponies and Petting Zoo in North Great River.

Karen Bayha, the owner of Steppin’ Out Ponies, said Friday that the officers who made the rescue brought the goat in themselves.

The officers were not available for comment, but photos the precinct posted on Twitter Thursday night show two officers posing with the goat near a horse pen.

Police had been flagged down Tuesday at about 5 p.m. in St. Albans as passers-by reported seeing a goat in traffic. The goat was initially reported as returned to its owner, who was not identified. But according to media reports, the officers purchased the goat and brought him to Steppin’ Out Ponies.

“He’s under the weather,” said Bayha, who has a small herd of goats. “He’s a little nervous, but he is starting to warm up to us.”

The steer, slated for slaughter, escaped from Halal Live, a meat market in Jamaica, at about 1 p.m. Thursday. The animal led officers on a chase down 165th Street and into an Archer Avenue parking garage.

Once corralled, the steer was also returned to its owner, but a New Jersey man took an interest in him after seeing a TV news report.

Mike Stura, of Wantage, New Jersey, negotiated with the meat market’s owner to take the steer back to his Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue.

He said he drove a truck into Queens and waited all night before receiving the animal on Friday morning. He’s named the steer Freddie, after Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury.

Pahmena Shasqat, a meat market employee, confirmed Friday afternoon that market owners had given up the steer free of charge.

“Not much but a life of leisure,” Stura said when asked what Freddie was up to. “He went to the vet and got some vaccinations and now he’ll just spend some time getting used to the place.”

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