The steers have been bought by the Gentle Barn, an animal sanctuary that also rehabilitates children in difficult circumstances at farms in Tennessee and California.
Nearly $20,000 was raised to purchase the cows.
The cows left through the city abattoir through an open gate and eluded law enforcement and animal control agents for five hours.
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After the cows were captured, they waited at the Star Packing Company until the terms of their release could be settled.