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Jon Stewart picks up steer caught by police in Jamaica, Queens, after escaping slaughterhouse

NYPD officers wrangle a steer on the York

NYPD officers wrangle a steer on the York College campus in Queens after it got loose on 160th Street and Liberty Avenue on Friday, April 1, 2016. Photo Credit: Robert Stridiron

Jon Stewart and his wife Tracy picked up a steer that was caught by police Friday morning after escaping a truck set to bring it to a slaughterhouse.

The couple picked up the steer from a Brooklyn animal control center and will go to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York, a statement from the sanctuary said.

The Stewarts have partnered with the organization to open another sanctuary on their farm in in New Jersey, which is expected to open in 2017.

Police caught the steer after he escaped near York College in Jamaica. Police received a call just after 10 a.m.

Police said they were able to get the steer under control near York College. According to a video posted on, officers used a lasso and tranquilizer darts to catch and control the animal.

Police took the steer to the animal care and control center in Brooklyn, where it was later rescued.

In January, a cow was on the loose in Jamaica after escaping the slaughterhouse. The NYPD also captured that cow, and it was later rescued (and named Freddie) by Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in Wantage, New Jersey.


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