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Pregnant cow put down after vicious dog attack in Alex City

Updated: Mar. 22, 2017 at 3:46 PM CDT
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The cow was valued at approximately $5,000. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The cow was valued at approximately $5,000. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) - Two rottweilers attacked a 1,200 pound cow in Tallapoosa County, according to investigators. The assault was brutal and lightning quick, happening around 11:30 Monday morning at Ballard Farm off Narrow Lane Road, approximately four miles from downtown Alex City.

Sgt. Ken Vernon said the dogs did the damage; one was a 60 pound rottweiler while the other was a rottweiler mix. The animals somehow escaped from their yard about 500 yards away through the woods.

"It appears to be a dog in a yard and they roamed off and went to this area," Vernon explained.

One of the dogs managed to bring down the cow by biting on its hind legs while the other bit the cow around the nose and neck areas.

Vernon said the mother had a calf nearby but that animal was not injured in the attack. There's no evidence the dogs had rabies.

"I understand possibly pregnant with another calf," Vernon stated.

The cow was too badly injured to be saved and a cattleman had to put her down. The owner of Ballard Farm declined an interview.

The cow was valued at around $5,000, but criminal charges will be filed against the dogs' owner.

"It's going to be a civil case," Vernon confirmed. "Right now, we are looking at what we can and cannot do. There is not a law that can hold them criminal. We've talked with agriculture and we've talked with game warden."

The rottweilers ran away but one of the employees on the farm managed to shoot one of the dogs. It's not clear whether the injured dog survived.

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