Escaped St. Louis cattle being cared for at Mizzou vet center

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The six steers that made a mad dash out of a St. Louis slaughterhouse in March are being treated and temporarily housed at the University of Missouri's veterinary center in Columbia.

Jay Weiner, co-founder of The Gentle Barn Foundation, says the six cattle are being kept together to reduce their anxiety.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the foundation paid $12,200 for the six animals after their escape from the Star Packing Co.

The Gentle Barn created a GoFundMe page Wednesday to raise funds for veterinary care, food and boarding.

Weiner said after the escape that the cattle might go to a sanctuary in Tennessee or California. But he said Thursday he prefers keeping the cattle local and partnering with a Missouri farm sanctuary might bean option.