Loose Cows Damage Mass. Cemetery

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File photo of a dairy cow on a farm. (credit: Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

File photo of a dairy cow on a farm. (credit: Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — The vandals that damaged a Massachusetts cemetery this week have pleaded “moo.”

Police say a small herd of cows knocked over 40 American flags and veterans’ bronze grave markers, then snacked on a few flower arrangements at the Center Cemetery in Southampton, Massachusetts on Monday.

Motorists called to report that the cows were loose. Police contacted their owner, Henry Wykowski, who caught and removed the cows from the cemetery.

Chief David Silvernail said the cows are an “ongoing problem,” and his department has responded to complaints about the roaming bovines three or four times since last spring.

Cemetery Commission member Robert Floyd tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette he plans on asking the farmer to pay for the damage once he comes up with an estimate.

Wykowski could not be reached for comment.

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