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Ohio's Runaway Cow Finds New Home

CINCINNATI (AP) - A cow that eluded officials for 10 days after it escaped from a meatpacking plant by jumping a 6-foot fence is off to greener pastures.

The cow will go to one of artist Peter Max's animal sanctuaries, probably a 175-acre spread in Watkins Glen, N.Y. In exchange, Max will donate paintings expected to fetch $180,000 to help in the expansion of the Hamilton County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Harold Dates, general manager of the society, said Max was impressed by the caring way the cow's capture was handled.

The cow escaped last month. Animal-welfare officials shot the 1,100-pound animal with a tranquilizer near a corral area that was set up with cows brought in to lure the runaway.

The cow was spared from slaughter because animal-rights activists and former Cincinnati Reds majority owner Marge Schott offered it sanctuary.

Max is to be in Cincinnati on Monday to appear in a Reds' opening day parade with the cow and to receive a key to the city.

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