UPDATE: Animal Control says the way a cow was strapped to a trailer was humane

WSET - CAMPBELL Co., Va., (WSET) -- Campbell County, Virginia Animal Control officers say the way someone strapped the cow down could be the most humane way.

At first glance, the picture may make you think otherwise, but Campbell County Animal Control Officer Joseph David says after looking into the situation , he found the cow had broken hips, and was given from one personal farm to another.

The man transporting the cow took him a short distance to his farm, and slaughtered the cow right away.

David says he would have bigger concerns if the cow was left immobile and not killed after transport.

He says the cow needed to be taken away from the farm and other animals , and the only other option would have been to drag the cow.

"Probably not the best idea you know, pulling up where everybody can see and showing off to everybody, but when it comes down to it, it's about the only way, the most humane way you could do it," David said.

The Campbell County Sheriff's Department is investigating, but no traffic or transportation laws were violated.

ABC-13 spoke with three area stock yards.

They say the cow didn't come from them.

It's illegal to sell or take in immobile animals, and it's also illegal for slaughterhouses to take an animal who can't walk into their facility.

Since the cow was transferred privately, those laws weren't broken either.

Many people took to Facebook to express outrage and speculation over where the cow may have been going.

ABC 13 reached out to an Agriculture and Natural Resources agent and he told the crew that as far as he knows, hauling a cow strapped down on a flatbed trailer is not illegal.A viewer of ABC 13 the photos were taken at the Foster Fuels station in Rustburg, Va.

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