Freddie the cow, Merrick the goat find new homes: NYPD

By Sadef Ali Kully

Officers from the 103rd Precinct who were led on a literal wild goat and cow chase in Jamaica over the past week said the goat nicknamed Merrick and the cow nicknamed Freddie have found sanctuary.

Around 5 p.m. Tuesday members of the 103rd Precinct’s Anti-Crime Unit – Sgt. Mary Humburg and Officers Danny Gasperetti and Anthony Fernandez — were flagged down near 178th Street and 110th Avenue.

Police said the person said there was a goat running around and it was almost hit by a car.

All three NYPD members began the pursuit of a baby goat, police said.

The goat, which they named Merrick, was captured without injury and returned to its rightful owner.

The 103rd Precinct tweeted pictures of the baby goat on Twitter with its new NYPD friends.

“Sometimes you get guns, sometimes you get goats,” the precinct tweeted. “It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.”

Humberg eventually bought the goat for $40 and the youngster is on its way to a sanctuary in Suffolk County, according to police officials.

Just when the 103rd Precinct thought it had enough fun with farm animals, a cow found its way to the streets of downtown Jamaica Thursday afternoon after an escape from a slaughterhouse the day before it was to become somebody’s dinner.

It ran through traffic lights on Merrick Boulevard and turned the corner onto Jamaica Avenue, trying to reach the major transit hub on Parsons Boulevard to escape its deadly destiny, police said.

A Archer Halal Poultry employee said Friday morning the cow escaped while they were trying to put it into its pen.

Police officers managed to corner the cow in a parking lot and put it in a animal trailer, police said.

The cow, which was named Freddie despite her gender, was initially sent back to the slaughterhouse, but Friday morning Skyland Animal Sanctuary in New Jersey posted a photo of Freddie the cow on its way to a vet in that state across the river.

Reach Reporter Sadef Ali Kully by e-mail at skully@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4546.

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