Bulls escape Auckland abattoir, shot by police

The bulls were destined for slaughter at a Mt Wellington meat processing plant.
The bulls were destined for slaughter at a Mt Wellington meat processing plant.

A group of bulls that escaped from a meat processing plant in Auckland, ending up a suburban domain, were shot by police.

Police were called this morning to an incident near Mt Richmond Domain where a number of cattle were on the road.

The bulls had escaped from a nearby abattoir, just after 9.15am.

A witness told NZME that the cattle beasts managed to cross Great South Road.

"We were just inside our fence line and they came bolting past us real quick, four in a row, one leading them and down the grass verge and around the corner, down to a no exit and bolted across the paddock into the domain," he said.

A police spokesperson said the bulls were impeding traffic and creating a safety risk for the public.

"The four bulls were being aggressive and, because of those safety risks, had to be put down by police officers at the scene."

The witness told NZME police surrounded the bulls, before shooting them.

"There was about 20 gun shots and it's all quiet now, the gun shots were pretty loud. I don't know if they were trying to round them up or scare them or what but presume they shot them."

Police said staff had notified the abattoir, who are making arrangements to remove the bulls

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