Pet dog dies after horrific cow attack
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