The escape of four heifers and a cow from a Hagerstown livestock auction house sent local police scrambling Wednesday and early Thursday. The final heifer was caught Thursday after it was tranquilized near Frederick Street, according to Hagerstown police.
One animal had to be shot and three others were tranquilized so they could be captured, said Jim Starliper, co-owner of Four States Livestock Auction on First Street.
The final one, a black heifer, was at large until late afternoon Thursday, when Starliper said it had been seen near Old Forge Road.
On Wednesday, officers and patrol cars went to several sites in and around Hagerstown as reports of the animals' whereabouts changed.