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. Justamutt123 says:

    Good thing that gun crazed cop wasn’t hungry, He’d probably have shot the poor cow. Bet he saw that Texas Sheriffs blurb and thoughht the cow was a sovereign.

  2. Gomalio Fung says:

    Why do guys become cops? Too lazy to work, too dumb to steal without getting caught.

  3. Charles U. Farley says:

    Sgt Pickles vs the Mad Cow. Sounds like a Monty Python sketch.

  4. T-bone says:

    It seems many comments by urban east coasters are based on seldom being out in the country much less being in proximity of beef on the hoof.
    As for the Barney Fife comments most of you likely have attorney on speed dial in case someone cuts in front of you at Whole Foods,And expect BF to come rescue you!
    Thanks for the laughs

  5. A Weiner says:

    Pigs tasing cows? What’s the world coming to?

  6. Galveston Tea says:

    Thank GOD we have the police to protect us. What would all of those men and women done without the police showing up?
    We need the police to be involved in everything we do and they must protect us from ourselves and our animals.

    Vote Ron Paul for president.
    I am a constituent and this guy is the real deal.
    We trust him with our lives and our checkbooks, the funny thing is he tells us we should never trust government and we should not be expected to do so.
    End the police state, vote ron paul

    1. Badger40 says:

      Go away. Ron Paul makes sense. Until you hear his foreign policy views.
      Then he sounds like the lunatic he is.

  7. TAJ says:

    Dumb ass cops. Shoot anything that moves…if they think they can get away w/ it.

  8. toldya says:

    A rowdy old man in a nursing home would have been tased at least 6 times. Considering “peace” officers’ record with tasers, I think the cow got off easy. At least they didn’t “accidently” pull a gun instead of a taser and shoot the cow.

  9. scott says:

    Cops are ALL out of shape so they rely too much on their weapons. In the military you have to maintain physical fitness to do your job but police UNIONS have removed that condition so now cops are FAT, LAZY and UNABLE to do their jobs. They end up on disability at 50, on the publics dime because thay are so fat and they sit all day, they develop back problems.

  10. chet says:

    I grew up herding cows, and it sounds like a clueless, overzealous cop took over despite the protests of the professionals around him. Dude, let the farmers that know what they are doing do their thing. It will be easier and safer. Trust me.

  11. Big Tex says:

    Dumb Yankee cops don’t know nothin’ about cattle wranglin’ no how.

  12. sbenard says:

    I agree with the cow. Police brutality against Daisy — I mean Houdini.

    I seems the cow earned her name!

  13. GIS Guy says:

    It scares me to no end that the cops thought it was a goood idea, and that the justified their actions in the name of saftey. morons…the lot of us.

  14. Karen says:

    I am so tired o dumb cops. What a bunch of rednecks.

    1. Badger40 says:

      If they were rednecks, they would at least have known how to handle an animal.

  15. Bryanabbott says:

    Bad Cop, No Doughnut

  16. YERMOVE says:

    I worked with police in a local town going into houses during an emergency so the residents werren’t home. We went into a house and there was a big very old dog in the house. As we entered the dog lifted his head (seemed he was hard of hearing) and looked at us as if to say “oh hi fella’s,” and didn’t do anything except watch us perform our work. He looked a little happy to have company. One officer unclipped his gun and started to pull it. I asked him what the matter and said that the dog was old and probably was confused and didn’t care that we were there” since I am a dog owner and recognized this. He said in half joking tone that if the dog got up he wouldn’t be an “old dog” anymore. I said “oh come on, he’s an old dog, do you really want to do that?” He said “I don’t care” and looked a little embarassed about it. I’m a legally licensed gun owner and have never pulled my gun or been tempted to…sometimes it comes down to maturity, fear and machismo. At my age… I’ve learned to not “try” the gun to see if it works. I know police officers who (after a few beers) will tell you that they “just want to see if it works.” Come on boys MAN UP!!

    1. kimmm says:

      Uhh…..I hope that particular cop has been relieved of his job……..

  17. Reality Check says:

    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.”

    This man is truly scary in both his ignorance of domesticated, grass eating, farm animals and his attempts to justify the use of ineffective violence.

    Add to this the fact he is armed with lethal weapons and authorized to use them on unarmed civilians if he feels, in his opinion, the civilians “threaten public safety” and you have a horror movie.

  18. Reality Check says:

    fearless said:
    “Stop blaming the police for avoiding a fatality on the road and for not having to euthinize the cow. How about a well deserved thumbs up to the PPD.”

    Sorry, but the facts reported in the article make the above statement false.

    The taser was ineffective on the cow and did not stop anything.

    The police were, by their own admissions, ineffective in controlling the cow.

    The cow returned home on it’s own, while “out of control”.

    The cow did not cause a fender bender, let alone a fatality, even though it was “out of control” and the police totally failed to “bring the cow under control”.

    People who drive through farm country learned a long time ago that you not only have to avoid hiting cars on roads, you also have to avoid hitting farm animals.

    You people trying to hype up the danger of an “800 pound, grass eating, domesticated farm animal” are a laugh riot.

    1. Tie Domi says:

      Police do like their “CONTROL.” Moronic Baaaaasidds! This isn’t a wil moose running around on a highway, it was a cow walking around and unaware of our human rules. Like someone else said “bored cops.” If taser did work and the cow became frightened and agitated and ran into the crowd the flat foot would have felt compelled to shoot it because that was the next level of force that he had. If he did go to shoot it and missed and hit someone then what? Stupid idiotic bored
      cop… Maybe he can go to work in Boston and shoot a young female sports fan in the eye with a rubber bullet!?!

    2. Badger40 says:

      And an 800 lb critter out in that country is probably just a pet yearling.
      A full grown cow, like a Hereford that this thing looks like, would maybe get to around 1400 lbs max.
      Most cows are pretty docile. As this one appeared to be. You are so right in that it is ridiculous to think the animals was causing problems.
      See a cow on the road in the daylight: slow down & drive around it.
      Very simple.

  19. Seal Team Six says:

    Title should read—Brave Police Officer Protecs Humankind from Vicious, mean, fat hairy cow. Thank God that we have brave officers like “Pickles” here to protect society from these well known killers. This is what happens with bored police in small towns.

  20. Alan says:

    I’d also like to know how they shot a taser at a 800 pound cow and they missed it twice. It’s amazing that they did shoot themselves in the butt. However, I guess they shot themselves in the foot.

  21. morris galloway says:

    After determining whether this Sergeant was actually born with testicles, someone needs to tell the candy-butt about a Rope — A Lasso — the thing Real Men throw around the neck of a Cow to control it. A Rope. This dumb cluck needs to watch a little Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy on T.V. Or go to a Rodeo and watch Real Men lasso real cows. Out here in Western Oklahoma we’d laugh that panty-waist all the way back to Fire Island.

    1. Badger40 says:

      To be honest, there’s no reason to rope it. I’m sure it could have easily been led to the ditch & through an open gate.
      You rope something you should know what you’re doing.
      Here in SW ND we don’t need to rope a cow that’s on the side of the road. Bcs if you just look around & watch the animal, chances are it’ll head back to where it got out.
      Very simple.

  22. C says:

    Why is a “man” who is afraid of a cow given any kind of authority at all? Why in the world would he be granted a badge that puts him in charge of any situation?
    If he is going to freak out in a situation that is easily and harmlessly handled by citizens, how is this “man” going to react when there is a hint of possible actual danger?
    Pathetic. And frightening.

  23. Yukiko says:

    Don’t taze me bro!

  24. Dave says:

    What do you expect from a private contractor from inter pol they don’t have any command sense they are just taught to write tickets,how to handcuff suspects and how to enforce unlawful and unconstitutional laws.

  25. bob says:

    Was the cow last seen eating grass or smoking grass ? This sounds like a drug related incident to me.

  26. Pat Magroin says:

    I understand that the most effective way to control a cow named “Houdini” would be to punch it in the appendix.

  27. JT says:

    What do you expect when cops get involved. They’re not exactly the “brightest bulbs on the circuit.”

  28. Get Real! says:

    Dont tase me , Mrooooooo

  29. Eugene M Milqtoast says:

    I heard that the police tasered it because she didn’t comply with their repeated order to get on her knees and put her hooves behind her head.

  30. Peggy says:

    Looks like Barney Fife is alive and well and living in New Hampshire — and has also been cloned. No, I take that back. Barney would have just flung a rope over Houdini’s head and tied her to a tree until her owner could come and take her back home.

  31. tsandl says:

    What exactly was he planning to do if he HAD stunned it? Throw it over his shoulder and carry it away?

  32. MikeTheHammer says:

    No surprise here. Cops all over the country are OUT OF CONTROL and are behaving like Hitler’s Gestapo. If the populace weren’t armed, we would be in even more trouble as civilians. These gun-toting cowboys need to be stopped.

  33. daryl d duke says:

    Houdini was more of a steer (steaks) than a cow (milk). Looked like a pet than a free range animal. Offer her a apple or something and she would have been your pet for life. The policeee man. Stand back folks, this a wild animal and dangerous and rabid.To show who is bossi”ll taze it. Well that didn’t work and you missed it twice. The drama of it all.

  34. Badger40 says:

    As a rancher in ND this really amuses me. People really are simpletons.
    I can tell you that the danger was people not knowing how to handle a cow.
    Cows get out all the time. And often they go back in on their own.
    If you do not know how to direct a cow, then don’t try.
    It’s very simple. Be calm, watch its head, and calmly direct it where you want it to go. There’s no need for yelling or wild gesticulations.
    It was probably more of a pet if she’s only got like 30 cows.
    I have several hundred. And I can direct the whole herd from the ground on foot.
    I am really amazed how stupid people are.

  35. JC Williams says:

    Does this woman not realize this cow could have bolted out in front of a vehicle and caused some real damage and possibly killing someone.

    1. Badger40 says:

      Relax. Cows get out all the time across America. Cows do not act like deer & bolt in front of cars.
      If you hit a cow, chances are it was dark or you didn’t slow down.
      The tasing was not necessary.

  36. watcherinthebushes says:


    pull out a laptop and force the cow to watch “jersey Shore.” Not only will it run back to the barn, but the shock will cause it to not give milk for at least a month.

  37. RonPaul2012 says:

    Idiot cops, they ought to be fired for being incompetent.

  38. longun45 says:

    They obviously need bovine sensitivity training.

  39. no sheep says:

    These police officers should be hit about the head and shoulders repeatedly with their night sticks for their actions! Miserable cowards! Its little wonder that the American people applaud the dismissal of incompetent police officers on a regular basis.

  40. jon says:

    this officer sure garners a lot of negative attention. seems like hes on a power trip.

  41. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    More degenerate moron cops with no idea about how the world works and that should be charged with animal cruelty. Fricking mental deficient slobs that collect their pay through the forced taxation of those with the threat of violence. Don’t pay the taxes for these idiot’s salaries and other room temperature IQ creeps in costumes show up. Resist these 24/365 Halloween costumed monkeys and they kill you .. on your expense.

  42. Andrew says:

    Put some feed in a bucket, rattle it a few times, and she will follow you wherever you go. Cops are getting freaking dumber and dumber in this country. And are getting more and more violent. Surprised they didn’t shoot her 60+ times like the guy in AZ. There is a reason why people don’t trust the police, and this is one of them. Gung ho to hurt people/animals.

  43. deb gibbons says:

    This is the same cop who claims the Black Lab Bosco should be put down after the dog took over his police cruiser in Feb. This dog is still awaiting trial for his execution. Pickles claims the dog was in the street and he tried to take him into custody and the dog bit him. Dogs have very good sense of how people are…this dog knew he had to protect himself from this dope.

    1. kimmm says:

      Well, I would say this cow episode then should free that poor dog. This cop is obviously very inept in handling animals and most likely cause the dog problem himself. Sounds to me like this idiot has no clue as to how to deal with any animal properly.

  44. Jackie says:

    Considering a police officer was killed after an injured cow charged him while he was directing traffic around it in my town a few months ago I completely understand where they are coming from. He was in a coma for 3 or 4 days before he passed away. A wife and 3 kids.

  45. Joe Drager says:

    A bullet would have worked better; then steake for dinner.

  46. Ralph Malph says:

    The next thing that we will read will be that the cow was busted for eating grass- commie bovine!

  47. d. smith says:

    cops are just plane stupid…all of them should face a reduction in pay, a fine and charges for animal cruelty

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