This is a moo-ving tale about an animal control officer and a cash cow.

Ewing Township's animal control officer got a tip that a calf was living in a woman's garage.

Matthew Barber told Janine DeCoff that was illegal.

DeCoff's friend arrived with a pickup, saying he would take the 150-pound male calf to a slaughterhouse.

It was illegal to move a cow in a pickup, the animal control officer said.

The man suggested a police officer shoot it. But Barber said there was no need to.

Barber instead paid DeCoff $250 for the calf and had it moved to a horse farm in Burlington County where it will live out its natural life.

DeCoff gave conflicting stories about how she got the calf, Barber said.

But she told the Times of Trenton that she won him in a card game.