Friday, September 9, 2011

Man Butchers Cow in Driveway

This Ogden, Utah man alarmed his neighbors by butchering a cow in his driveway.

Police arrived soon after the man began to harvest the cow.
Someone saw a cow being trailered to the man's home and called the police.
The caller said he heard the cow's mooing, then he heard what sounded like a gunshot, and the mooing stopped.

The police report said when the officer had arrived at the scene "the cow was in the process of losing its head."

As the man was sawing at the animal's neck he denied shooting the cow on the premises, telling the officer the animal had been dispatched outside the city limits.

The officer took the information and filed a report that will be reviewed by the city attorney's office for possible charges.

If evidence confirms the man with the saw shot the cow on-site, a charge could be filed of discharging a firearm within the city limits. But butchering the cow isn't illegal.

Other possible violations could include disorderly conduct or health code violations.

If any children had witnessed the butchering, and become upset, that could possibly constitute disorderly conduct.
Disorderly conduct includes language of behavior creating "public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm."

As authorities review the event, they would also include the state's animal cruelty statute. They really want to get this guy and they are looking at all the possibilities.

So what about the mess this cow butchering makes?
The above photo isn't from the scene, but it gives you a general idea of the massive undertaking.
It seems disposal of the carcass would be under the jurisdiction of the state Department of Agriculture.