BLOOMFIELD, Conn. – It’s certainly not uncommon for an officer to have to deal with an animal upon arriving at a call. However, Bloomfield Officer Brendan Danaher was in for a once-in-a-career scenario when he responded to reports of a stray calf in a Connecticut shopping district.
Saba Live Poultry is a butcher shop specializing in halal foods, meaning that the meat is prepared in accordance with Muslim law.
When Office Danaher arrived, he found that a young calf had escaped from the butcher shop and was running through the parking lot of a Home Depot across the street, NBC Connecticut’s Len Bestoff reports. Danaher attempted to help corral the terrified animal by using his police cruiser to coax it away from the busy parking lot and secure it behind the Home Depot. However, that’s when things took an unusual turn which was captured in shocking dash cam footage.
According to Besthoff, Saba employee Badr Musead and Andy Morrison, a contractor who was doing construction work at the Saba facility, were also in pursuit of the calf behind the Home Depot. Morrison, apparently armed with a bow and arrow, took aim at the animal but missed, instead striking the wall of the popular home improvement store. At that point, Musead slaughtered the young animal in public view.
Fox 61 reports that Officer Danaher recalled “Three of the employees grabbed onto the cow and while I believed they were going to restrain it with a rope or another tethering device one employee, pulled out a knife and proceeded to cut the cow’s throat.”
The Bloomfield officer reported in his notes that a local teen was present at the slaying of the animal and exclaimed “I can’t believe I just saw that” according to Fox 61’s Dave Puglisi. Officer Danahan was seen in the camera footage throwing his hands up in exasperation at the scene and saying to the butcher employees “this is a problem, this is not something that can be done… this kid here just watched you slit a cow’s throat.” The meat shop staff defended their decision citing that kids come into their store daily, to which the officer pointed out that they were in the back of a Home Depot and not the butcher shop.
According to Puglisi, Officer Danaher notes in his police report that Musaed and the other employees “did not appear to be remorseful and appeared to think the incident was amusing.”
The shocking incident has drawn the attention of the State of Connecticut Department of Agriculture which launched an investigation into the practices of the butcher shop. The shop has since been shut down by the state agency which determined that animals were being confined in inhumane and unsanitary conditions.
Puglisi reports that the Department of Agriculture concluded that more than 2,000 poultry, sheep, goats and more than 30 rabbits were kept at the facility which failed to provide adequate food, water and air circulation. Additionally, the state agency prohibited the scheduled delivery of an additional 100 goats and calves to butcher shop.
Through spokesperson Tark Aouadi, Saba Live Poultry defends the actions of its employees claiming that they made the best decision under the circumstances to prevent it from becoming more dangerous. Auoadi also states that Saba will revisit their employee handbook policies for future incidents.
— WFSB Channel 3 (@WFSBnews) July 19, 2019
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