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Life-size fiberglass cow stolen outside La Jolla exhibit

April 30, 2009 |  2:52 pm

A life-sized fiberglass cow has been stolen from a sidewalk in La Jolla, organizers of an art auction said today.

The cow was part of CowParade La Jolla, an art exhibit and fundraiser for Rady Children's Hospital San Diego and the San Diego Zoo. Forty cows designed and painted by local artists are featured in the exhibit, which started March 15 and will continue until June 15. An auction is set for July 11.

The swiped cow is thought to be worth $5,000 and $10,000 at auction. The cow thieves "are taking money right out of the hands of two worthy organizations," said Bill Trumpfheller, president of CowParade La Jolla.

Thirty-three of the cows are on the streets and plazas of La Jolla, others are at a nearby shopping center. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call the CowParade hotline at (619) 881-3371 or the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000.

-- Tony Perry