updated 4/14/2006 2:33:37 PM ET 2006-04-14T18:33:37

Sheriff's deputies killed a cow that wandered into traffic near a shopping mall by repeatedly shocking it with a stun gun.

The animal escaped Wednesday from a field near the mall and eventually trotted onto a freeway ramp.

Deputies decided to stun the cow and tie its legs with a long leather strap ordinarily used to restrain people. But the cow quickly recovered from the initial electric shock, and deputies zapped it repeatedly.

"We're not cowboys. I don't believe we have any rodeo champions on staff," said Sgt. Dave Reagan, a spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff's Department.

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