MEDFORD, N.Y. — A runaway cow has rammed a police car in suburban New York before being tranquilized and returned to its owner.

Newsday reports ( ) that the cow was seen trotting through the streets of Medford on Long Island around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Police said the cow lives in a residential area and the animal’s owner had reported it missing Thursday.

A patrol officer pulled alongside the brown-and-white bovine Friday and the animal rammed the car, leaving a large dent. The officer was not injured.

Additional officers arrived and used their vehicles to corral the cow in an abandoned property.

The cow was then subdued with a tranquilizer dart and returned to its owner.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the owner kept a cow at home or how it escaped.

Information from: Newsday,

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