Massachusetts man charged with dragging cow behind truck

Frank Mulligan

A Massachusetts man will be charged with animal cruelty for dragging his cow behind his truck after it wandered off, police said.

Jose Pacheco, 41, of Assonet has denied any wrongdoing, Freetown Lt. Charles Sullivan said.

Witnesses called Lakeville officials last week, reporting that the cow was being dragged, Lakeville Chief Mark Sorel said.

“From what we have from witnesses and subsequent interviews, he appeared to have inappropriately removed the animal to his home,” Sullivan said.

Sorel said the cow had reportedly wandered into a Lakeville horse barn last Thursday, and Animal Control Officer David Frates responded.

Sorel said Frates and Pacheco were discussing what to do with the cow when Frates was called off on a dog accident.

Pacheco then allegedly tied the cow to his truck and drove off.

Sorel said Lakeville Sgt. Paul Hunt followed the path the truck took and said he saw an “extremely large amount of blood” on the road, Sorel said.

Pacheco said he slaughtered the animal when he returned home, Sullivan said.

Sullivan said Pacheco had three cows at one point, and he had a recurring problem with them wandering off. This was the last cow he owned, he said.

The animal cruelty charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $2,500 fine.