A black Angus cow that was on the verge of death now has a bright future helping Oklahoma children in need.
The cow was one of 40 found without adequate food and shelter on a property in southwest Oklahoma City. Their owner received nearly $1,500 in fines and the animals were transported for rehabilitation at the city's animal shelter.
Julie Bank, the animal welfare superintendent, quickly noticed one particular cow stood out from the pack. Not only was she the only one sporting a jet black coat, but she also had a very unique personality.
"It kind of headbutted you a bunch like a dog, it also licked you like a dog," Bank told NewsChannel 4. "So we started calling her Cowdog."
The cute cow won the hearts of the shelter staff, who helped nurse her back to health. Now that she's in a healthier state, Cowdog will have a new home at a nearby therapeutic horseback riding program for children.
"Coming from a bad place, she's gonna ultimately go to a great place, so it'll be awesome," Bank said. "She's going to be able to make children smile, and she's gonna have a long life."
Although the shelter staff will be sad to see Cowdog go, they're excited for her new lease on life.
"Yeah we'll miss her, but we'll know that she's in a good place, doing good stuff," Bank said. "That's really what it's all about."