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Bossie the Cow found damaged on top of Santa Barbara eatery

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Bossie the Cow was found damaged Friday morning.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Beloved Bossie the Cow was found severely damaged Friday morning on top of Bossie's Kitchen in Santa Barbara.

The cow statue could be seen severed from its platform and lying on its side with its head on the corner of the building. McConnell's Fine Ice Cream CEO Michael Palmer said he is very upset by this discovery.

It is unclear exactly how or when the cow was damaged but Palmer thinks it happened sometime Thursday night.

Initially, Palmer and others believed vandals climbed on the roof and toppled Bossie from her platform. By Friday evening after closer inspection, Palmer said another theory points to the possibility of corroded support brackets that simply gave way.

"Just not sure at this point," Palmer said.

One thing is certain: the community loves its colorful cow.

"Theres's a lot of pride around certain landmarks around town and certainly, that's true with this one. And, I hope at some point the community can rally around and put some version of Bossie back on her pedestal cuz she's been there almost 90 years."

Old Bossie has been standing at her place atop The Old Dairy since the 1930's and has been a Santa Barbara landmark since then. She was purchased by the owners of Bossie's Kitchen from a sculptor from Yukaipa, Calif.

She stood as a fun reminder of the delicious dairy products McConnell's has churned out over the past decades.

Bossie's Kitchen is located on the corner of Milpas Street and East Canon Perdido Street.

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