A cow that was stuck in a canal and in distress on Sunday afternoon has been rescued and reunited with its owner thanks to the actions of Agriculture Bureau deputies in Collier County.
“Our Agriculture Bureau deputies braved the heat and the hazards that lurk in our canals to save this cow from what well could have been its demise,” said Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk. “I applaud their dedication and service to our community.”
Deputies arrived to the area of 30th Avenue S.E. off Everglades Boulevard and saw the cow about 75 yards south of the end of 30th Avenue S.E. The animal was exhausted from failed attempts to free itself.
Cpl. Robert Kirkland roped it and then entered the canal to secure a halter on it. Deputies pushed and pulled the cow along in chest-deep water for approximately 50 yards.
Two citizens arrived and helped deputies slowly maneuver the cow to the end of the canal. It was a painstaking process that took about three hours to complete.
Our Agriculture Bureau deputies are certified Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Specialists. Applying their training they used ropes and straps to pull the cow onto a rescue glide.
The cow was pulled out of the canal and over the rocky bank on the rescue glide, which protects the cow from being injured by the rocks and debris.
Once it was on land the cow was pulled to an Agriculture Bureau stock trailer. She was loaded into the trailer on the rescue glide by the winch in the trailer.
Agriculture Bureau Sgt. David Estes contacted a cow owner he knew in the area and that person was able to put him in contact with the owner of the animal. Deputies returned the cow to its owner.
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