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Burgers and relish, anyone?


Vlasic employees corral wandering escapee from Oxford dairy farm



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June 21, 2017
IMLAY CITY —Burgers and relish, anyone?

That's what Police Chief Scott Pike was thinking when he heard about the cow that was roaming around near the Vlasic pickle plant a couple of weeks ago.

"You know, when I hear about a big side of beef walking into Vlasic's I can't help but think of it," Pike says with a chuckle.

While the wandering cow wasn't a threat—nor anywhere near ready for the grill (it's a dairy cow)—the Vlasic sighting was the second time the bovine creature had been spotted in town on June 7.

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Dairy cow spotted twice wandering along Blacks Corners Road in Imlay City earlier this month.

Someone called police when they noticed the animal around 7:09 p.m. behind PRI Paving on Blacks Corners Road near Fourth Street.

"We got a report that the cow had gone into the woods, and then no one could find it again," Pike says.

Much later—well after midnight—on June 8, Vlasic security employees noticed the cow moseying her way along the property behind the plant and called 911.

Along with members of Vlasic's Produce Receiving Team, a search ensued. Eventually they found the cow inside the area that houses the water retention pond.

The employees were able to barricade the cow inside the pond area, where it stayed until police arrived. It is unknown if they were dreaming about burgers and relish during this time.

"A couple of officers went over there to try to figure out who the cow belongs to," Pike says. "They eventually found it it had escaped from an organic dairy farm in Oxford."

After searching the area for ingredients to make fresh, delicious milkshakes...just kidding...

Police Officer Cory Martin was among those who responded to the scene. According to Pike, Martin had prior experience dealing with cows—though it's unknown if it was required training during his days in the police academy. Even though Martin has a soft touch with animals, Pike says the meandering cow was none too thrilled.

"She didn't want anything to do with anything," Pike says. "She was not a happy cow."

The owners arrived from their Oxford farm around 1:14 a.m., and set up a trailer to try to lure the animal inside. Again, she was having none of it.

"It took until about 3:15 for the owner to get it in the trailer," Pike says. "It was obviously an organic, free ranging cow."

No one will argue that Pike's 'milking it' when it comes to unusual police work his officers have been called upon to deal with since he's been at the helm.

"We've had an escaped alligator, and now the roaming cow," Pike chuckles.

Some residents captured video of the bovine drifter, which was widely circulated on Facebook with the caption 'Only in Imlay City.'

It's speculated the globe-trotting animal

made its way to Imlay

City via the Polly Ann Trail—a quiet, if not lengthy, trek.

Since police reports indicate she wasn't a happy cow, it is likely her career in advertising is over as only 'happy cows make great cheese.'

Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.
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