Local cow gets a home on the range

January 17, 2008 7:58:46 AM PST

Ewing Township's animal control officer got a tip that a calf was living in a woman's garage.

Matthew Barber told Janine DeCoff that was illegal.

DeCoff's friend arrived with a pickup, saying he would take the 150-pound male calf to a slaughterhouse.

The animal control officer said it was illegal to move a cow in a pickup.

The man suggested a police officer shoot it. But Barber said it was illegal to haul dead cattle.

Barber instead paid DeCoff $250 for the calf and had it moved to a horse farm in Burlington County where it will live out its natural life.

Barber says DeCoff gave conflicting stories about how she got the calf.

But she tells the Times of Trenton that she won him in a card game.