Pet dog dies af­ter hor­rific cow at­tack

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

AWOMAN whose dog died af­ter an at­tack by a herd of cows is urg­ing walk­ers to be more aware of the dan­gers.

He­len McNabb’s 13-year-old bor­der col­lie Rae had to be put down af­ter she was ‘gorged’ and ‘tossed around’ by cows in a field near Rainow.

He­len, 43, who was walk­ing with her 18-month-old son Alec, her sis­ter Lynne Gar­dener and three dogs, said the cows cor­nered her eldest dog Rae as they walked along a public foot­path.

She said: “We were just walk­ing along mind­ing our own busi­ness when these cows started clos­ing in on us.

“My sis­ter just turned to me and told me to get out of the field fast.

“Rae isn’t as quick be­cause she was older and they just gath­ered around her.

“They kept toss­ing her with their heads and gorg­ing her.

“I’m not sure how it hap­pened be­cause I know cows don’t have horns, but she had big punc­ture wounds that were bleed­ing pro­fusely – she couldn’t get up.

“Her back legs weren’t work­ing at all.

“It was hor­rific. They only stopped when she stopped mov­ing.”

The in­ci­dent took place at around mid­day on Tues­day, July 7.

He­len, for­merly of Bolling­ton and who now lives in Wha­ley Bridge, said: “I re­ally want this in­ci­dent to be pub­li­cised be­cause I don’t want this hap­pen­ing again.”

He­len took Rae to Bolling­ton Vet­eri­nary Cen­tre on Grimshaw Lane where she was treated by staff who ad­vised her that Rae’s wounds were too se­vere and Rae had to be put to sleep.

Keith Bright­more, group sec­re­tary for the Na­tional Farm­ers Union in Mac­cles­field, said cows will at­tack if they feel threat­ened and na­tional ad­vice is for dogs to be kept on leads at all times.

He said: “This is obvi- ously very up­set­ting for ev­ery­one in­volved.

“Peo­ple do have to re­mem­ber that the coun­try­side is a place of work for farm­ers.

“There is go­ing to be live­stock and there are guide­lines.

“Our ad­vice is keep them on a lead but be ready to let go if there is a prob­lem.

“Dogs can usu­ally get out of the way quickly if there is a prob­lem. Un­for­tu­nately this dog was an older dog that wasn’t as ag­ile.

He added: “Cows are cu­ri­ous so if you walk through a field, par­tic­u­larly with a dog, they may come over and have a look.”

●● Rae, pic­tured with He­len’s other lit­tle boy Pa­trick

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