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Policeman and dog attacked by cows


A POLICEMAN and his dog were attacked by a herd of about 50 cows, leaving him with four broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Inspector Chris Poole, 50, said the cattle repeatedly butted and stamped on him when he was out walking his dog on the South Downs last month. It is believed that the cows panicked and became aggressive because they were frightened of Inspector Poole’s Golden Retriever Zak and were being protective of their calves.

Inspector Poole, from Brighton, said he was crossing a field along a footpath.

One cow butted him in the back, forcing him to the ground, before the others joined in, he recalled. Mr Poole said he managed to escape when Zak, ran off in fear, thus distracting the cows.
He was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital by air ambulance after attracting the attention of another dog walker, who took charge of Zak.

He suffered bruising from his thigh to his shoulder, and faced a life-threatening situation three days later when one of his broken ribs severed an artery.

Mr Poole, who spent 11 days in hospital, said he wanted to warn other walkers to give cows a wide berth.

‘It was unlucky the cows attacked... it is very rare but obviously it can happen,’ he said.
An RSPCA spokesman said cows could become protective of their young to the point of becoming aggressive, especially if a large dog was nearby.