Runaway Cow Spared After Escaping From NYC Slaughterhouse

A New Jersey animal sanctuary picked up the cow early Friday morning.

— -- A New Jersey animal sanctuary has saved a cow that escaped from a New York City slaughterhouse yesterday.

The Jamaica-Archer Live Poultry and Meat Market gave the cow to the animal sanctuary Friday morning, Tahmena Shafqat, who works at the market, told ABC News.

Mike Stura, who runs the Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, said he drove to Queens after learning about the cow's plight on Facebook.

"I went and immediately hooked up my trailer to see if I could get him," Stura told ABC News.

Say hello to Freddie...On our way to the vet to get checked out....

Posted by Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue on Friday, January 22, 2016

The cow had already been claimed by a family who wanted the meat. Stura explained to the slaughterhouse's manager that "I’d like to give the animal a good life," he said.

Freddie is visiting a veterinarian today and will be introduced to the 18 other cows at the animal sanctuary in about two weeks, Stura said.

The runaway heifer garnered national attention yesterday after hoofing it through the streets of Queens and eventually being cornered into a parking garage by police after 30 minutes on the run.

Police said the cow did not damage property or cause any injuries.