PELHAM, N.H. (CBS) – Pelham police say they were justified in using a Taser several times on a cow, despite a complaint from its owner.

Last Saturday, one of Wendy Bordeleau’s two cows got loose from her 30-acre farm.

About a dozen people were trying to coral 800-pound Houdini across busy Mammoth Road when police showed up with their tasers.

“They said ‘We’re going to tase her, we’re going to taser it,’ and the group was pleading with them. Everyone was kinda yelling, ‘Please don’t taser the cow, it’s only going to make it worse,” she told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Houdini was zapped at least four times.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

“It didn’t really affect the cow all that much.  It kind of realized that something had hit it and that it was comparable to a bee sting.”

However, Bordeleau thought police went too far.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Sgt. Mike Pickles told WBZ he made the right decision.

“It blew through a wooden fence right next to me. That was the time a decision was made. I have to do something to try and control this animal,” he said.

“As a matter of public safety, that is a better option than just allowing things to happen and people get hurt.”

The cow made it home safely and, at last check, was eating grass.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens contributed to this report.

Comments (281)
  1. John says:

    “…a matter of public safety…”? Really? A cow in NH endangering the public? Angry bull, maybe, but a cow?

    Poor judgement. Bad cop, no donut!

  2. Rich Pope says:

    I’m so glad the police didn’t get hurt by that big, bad, scary cow! My goodness they must have been terrified to death. But their great training came to the rescue and they saved an entire town. From a cow. That was just walking around. Doing nothing. Nice job.

  3. Jay Peterson says:

    Cows are like Democrats-they are stupid and only follow their base instincts. A Taser is nothing more than a cattle prod. The officer Tasered the poor, defenseless, exploited bovine only to act like a Conservative-that is, keep it from turning itself into roadkill, or acting like a Liberal and destroying someone elses property. Jeez, get a grip. You Yankees are STILL idiots.

  4. Eyeball says:

    It seems to me if they were able to get close enough to taser the cow, then they could have easiily roped it. Sounds like they were just playing with their tasers. Maybe no one in N.H. can rope. Pathetic.

  5. CopsAreCowards says:

    LMAO….. cops in the US are overweight, scared, cowardly, mammas boys. “To protect and serve”……. what a joke.

  6. Raymond says:

    Pelham Police should’ve realized that Cow Hide is thicker than Human Skin! Shooting A Taser Wouldn’t had ANY EFFECT! The Police Officer in Question only experience with a Cow is buying it from a Supermarket! The Cow had MORE BRAINS than the Police Officer!

  7. Louis says:

    Way to go cowboys!!! rolf

  8. John Campbell says:

    Word of advice to the city boys wearing uniforms. If you don’t know squat about cattle just stay away. Farming/ranching is best done by people who do it every day and cattle are creatures of habit. You DON’T taser a cow! You head a cow. If you don’t know what heading is then you don’t belong anywhere near them. Quite often cows can be lead when raised that way and others can be lead with a little more persuasion, but not after some idiot uses a taser on them. Also, don’t use the cows weight to try to hype your position. I just makes you look like more of an idiot than you already are.

  9. Bob says:

    I consider myself an expert on this matter. I grew up on a farm and raised cattle with my family. I also have been shocked with a cattle prod and it’s painful only in the area where you are shocked.
    1. Cattle prods are best used when moving an animal along a cattle chute made of a metal fence. It’s not useful in trying to corral a cow except if you are trying to wave it in which case a stick is just as useful.
    2. Cops don’t carry cattle prods in their cars. You can imagine liberal TV news would have a field day if they saw cops carrying cattle prods near people.
    3. Everyone should be calm; an animal can be easily spooked. They should form a joined wall, give it plenty of space, and slowly herd it toward the open gate or open fence. If the animal gets around you, you try again. Use cars as blockades. No honking horns or shouting unless everyone is shouting from the wall they form. Everyone shouting from different directions only confuses the animal.

  10. Scott D says:

    Yet another example of the monkeys that carry badges and guns and spread violence rather than curb it.

    A wandering cow is dangerous.

    These “police” are selected because of their low IQ’s and desire to make violence somehow heroic. People raised by television and bad “authority” figures.

    Violence and “technology” , or lack thereof, is their antidote for life.

  11. Angus Jersey says:

    Why didn’t they just call Cow Patty? Holy cow man she’s always dependable when the chips are down.

  12. FarmerGuy says:

    Coward city cops were obviously scared and ignorant about cows, but felt entitled to “take control” of the situation despite everyone telling them to stand down. Typical of the shoot first mentality of today’s police. These men are nothing more than uneducated, armed men wearing blue costumes. Authority is an illusion.

    When cows break out of fencing, which happens all the time, you simply get a couple of men to yell “Ha!” and wave your hands. This absolutely works to scare the cow back into the corral. Cows are only dangerous when spooked, like when cops electrocute them. CIty cops don’t have a clue.

  13. ken7 says:

    This is another sad incident (to me) in the way that it all occured. A panic-like flares up and then the “tool” of the trade that once again (works for humans or would appear to stop ’em (and sometimes dead) in their tracks…unbelievaby non-lethal taser but CAN be deadly.

    Since the subject of the cow is what brought us to the commentary-here, I was thinking about COWS (a lot lately it seems) and has to do with looking at what is happening with agribusiness and the GM farming that seems to be on the move and ever growing…
    Also, this is a little off the subject of this article, but does have to do with COWS…If anyone hasn’t seen and is interested, there’s a real good video on You Tube, entitled “the corporation” and the particular clip is about 2 ex-Fox News reporters that was fired during the mid to late 90s for their attempt to expose the rBGH – bovine growth hormone . . .

  14. Jenna Thalia says:

    “Pelham Police Zap Wandering Cow With Taser, Owner Furious”

    Follow up story: “Furious Pelham Cow Owner ALSO tasered 4 times by police”

  15. Paul says:

    When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks suspiciously like a nail.

  16. JeddMcHead says:

    The initial charge released by a stun gun is high, it’s true, but it drops to a much lower charge once an electrical connection is established.

    From “Don’t taze me, bro” to “Please don’t taze the cow” — strange days are these.

  17. Michael says:

    It is very clear what this situation needed; same thing we all do…MORE COW BELL! :-)

  18. Don says:

    Cops are cowards.

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