Loose Steer Captured With Help From “Roper Joe”

August 31, 2023

On Monday August 28th, 2023 at approximately 2 pm, Deputies with the Livingston County Animal Control Division were dispatched to the 2000 Block of Clark Road in Hartland Township for a loose and aggressive steer. The owner reported that while attempting to load the steer for transport it broke free and escaped the property by running through several fences.

Upon arrival on scene deputies were notified that “Roper Joe” had been contacted already. Joe Heaman arrived on scene with his trusty partner “Tilly”, a 20 year old Quarter horse, and captured the loose steer in no time. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Joe for his quick response and highly refined skill set. Joe was able to bring this incident to a successful conclusion as we watched him track, lasso and wrangle the steer back into a trailer with what appeared to be no effort at all.

Sheriff’s Office
Jenny Nash, Livingston County Treasurer
Michael Murphy

Phone Numbers

Office: (517) 546-2440
Tip Line: (517) 546-8477
Jail: (517) 546-2445
Emergencies: 911
Non-Emergencies: (517) 546-9111

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Fri: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Howell, MI 48843


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