MANATEE -- Manatee sheriff's deputies Monday chased a wayward cow through the streets of Palmetto, before they were able to corner it, shoot it with a tranquilizer and take it back to pasture.
About 10:30 a.m., the Manatee County Sheriff's Office received a report that a cow was walking loose in the 4700 block of Ellenton Gillette Road. A patrol unit tried to contain the animal, but it kept going around them and through neighborhoods heading west into Palmetto.
The cow continued to the 1700 block of U.S. 41. Eventually, a deputy was able to direct the cow to the 301 Overpass Apartments, in the 100 block of 10th Street West.
"Once inside, the entrance was blocked with patrol vehicles, as the complex was completely fenced with chain link fence," a report states.
Since deputies did not know who the cow belonged to, they called personnel from the sheriff's office's farm to impound the animal. Shortly afterwards, officials contacted the cow's owner, who was able to confirm the animal was his, according to the sheriff's office.
"The cow was darted for safety reasons and transported back to the pasture that it escaped from," the sheriff's report states.