BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A baby calf found in the garage of a Humboldt Parkway home in Buffalo has left many people curious as to why the family would want a calf living in the city.
They do not believe this is a case of animal abuse but rather an ordinance violation. It is illegal to have any farm animal in the city other than chickens.
Whom did the calf belong to? A man by the name of Jeffrey McQueen who told us he bought "Billbo" for his son and daughter.
Many residents were shocked to see a cow at the home and responded to the new addition to the neighborhood differently.
Most people wanted to come see Billbo where he resided off the 33 just minutes from downtown.
Although the garage where the calf stayed looked normal from the outside, the inside was transformed into a barn complete with hay, food, and chickens at one point to keep him company.
We caught up with Billbo's owner who said, "He was actually a part of the family. We had him for about a month and one week."
That was until this past Friday when Animal Control took the eight-week-old calf and chickens away to the Erie County SPCA.
He wanted to tell us his side of the story. "It really hurt my feelings when they took the cow away that was my best friend."
McQueen said he bought the cow for $20 from a local farm where he buys organic milk.
He says the calf kept his children out of trouble and away from violent/illegal activity that goes on in the Buffalo neighborhood. McQueen believes a neighbor found out and reported him because dozens of children would come and feed the animal.
When we asked him if he could buy Billbo back, he said, "It appears that we can as long as we find a suitable place for the cow to stay outside the city limits."
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