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The reported owner of a bull has been charged after the animal escaped and caused a crash involving a semi-tractor-trailer truck near Harvard, court records show.

Michael J. Walsh, 67, of Harvard, was charged with one count of livestock running at large, a Class C misdemeanor.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office was called around 5:50 p.m. on November 9 to the 17000 block of Route 173 in unincorporated Harvard.

A criminal complaint alleges Walsh violated the Illinois Domestic Animals Running at Large Act.

The complaint said Walsh’s bull escaped and ran into the roadway on Route 173.

The bull caused a crash with a semi-tractor-trailer truck. The complaint did not say if the animal was killed.

The complaint said Walsh failed to provide the necessary restraints to prevent the livestock from running at large.

Walsh is scheduled to appear for his initial court hearing on December 20.

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