The steers, which made their way to a gated lawn at the Penn Square apartment building across the street before being loaded onto a truck and hauled away, are at least the fifth and sixth, respectively, to make a run for freedom in the area since 2014.
The animals were reported to police about 12:48 p.m. near the intersection of North and Pennsylvania avenues, according to Detective Chakia Fennoy, a police spokeswoman. They were corralled into a truck and hauled away about a half-hour later.
Baltimore police corralled two bulls that escaped from a slaughterhousein in West Baltimore. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun video)
Medina Gaither, a neighbor who moved into a Penn Square apartment in December, was taking out the trash Thursday afternoon when a neighbor pointed out the animals behind the complex.
She still remembers watching in disbelief from an MTA bus on her way to work when the steer trotted down North Avenue in 2014. The repeated animal escapes call into question the effectiveness of the slaughterhouse’s security measures, Gaither said. She said it was lucky no children were playing on the apartment complex’s nearby playground when the animals arrived.
“This should never have happened,” she said. “You’re jeopardizing a community of people. Why couldn’t you detain this animal? They need to shut that slaughterhouse down … or relocate it and be more secure. They need to move this out of the city and further in the county.”