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BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) – Three cows escaped from a meat processing business on Wednesday afternoon, interfering with traffic and eluding police officers for more than an hour.

The Blue Springs Police Department said the three animals escaped from the Valley Oaks butcher shop, a few blocks from City Hall.

Valley Oaks later told KCTV5 that the animals escaped as a rancher unloaded them from a trailer. A steer kicked a panel between the trailer and the corral behind the store, allowing them to escape.

The three cows separate. One of them walked down the street to the Blue Springs Freshman Center before running onto the football field. Another was trotting on Highway 7 toward I-70.

Police chief Bob Muenz said the two were acting aggressively and officers had no choice but to euthanize them.

“We thought we had controlled him and we were trying to get resources to tranquilize the animal, but he charged one of the agents,” he explained. “One of the steers was approaching I-70 and we couldn’t allow that.”

Officers returned the third animal, a heifer, to the breeder’s trailer. She was back in Valley Oaks by mid-afternoon Wednesday.

“It’s an unfortunate circumstance,” Muenz said. “And I feel bad for anyone who has had to face it or see it, but sometimes we have to take action to protect the community as a whole.”

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