CHURCHVILLE – Late Thursday afternoon, Augusta County authorities received a call that a cow had fallen into a sinkhole on Hundley Mill Road near Churchville.
It was a scenario that had “feel-good story” written all over it as nearly a dozen people, a veterinarian and a backhoe operator converged on the sinkhole that had swallowed the 2-year-old, 700-pound cow.
Family members at the scene were overheard saying the cow had been more like a pet and was bottle fed as a calf.
The incident did not have a fairytale ending.
The sinkhole, located in the 200 block of Hundley Mill Road, measured about 3-feet wide, 6-feet long and was more than 15-feet deep with no slope for escape.
After some time it was determined the terrain, which was muddy, steep and in a thick patch of woods, was too dangerous to attempt to free the cow with a backhoe. A decision to euthanize the animal was finally reached.
Within minutes, after a couple members of the media and other onlookers were asked to leave, two gunshots pierced the damp afternoon air.
The property owners said they planned on covering the hole in an effort to prevent any future mishaps.
Augusta County Fire & Rescue were at the scene as well but eventually left prior to the cow being euthanized.
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