Woman trampled to death by herd of crazy cows while walking dog

A woman has died after being trampled by a herd of 30 "crazy" cows while out walking with her dog.

The 55-year-old was found "covered in blood" near the village of Billingshurst in West Sussex at lunchtime on Monday (August 22).

Residents rushed to the scene before emergency services arrived, but she was declared dead after efforts to resuscitate her failed.

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The victim's sister reportedly rushed to the scene after reading on Facebook that her Staffie dog had been found.

Residents claimed a man was injured by the same “crazy” cows in May this year.

The woman was described as a “gentle human being” who "loved animals".

A friend, who did not want to be named, said: “I was at home just after it happened and by the time I got there my neighbours were trying to give her CPR.

“I saw the police, ambulances and the air ambulance – then the woman’s sister ran out and saw her lying in the field."

She added: “She was lovely. She loved animals and she loved her dog. She was a gentle human being.

“The thought that she was trampled by a cow is just hideous. She didn’t even eat them, she was a vegetarian. She always walked her dog just past my house. I used to work with her in a bar many years ago and she worked in Sainsbury's.”

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A witness, who also did not want to be named, added: “The woman was in the middle of the field, halfway across it – maybe 20 yards from the footpath. Ambulance crews were giving her CPR and the helicopter turned up.

"They started attending to her and while we were standing on the drive another lady turned up saying ‘I have just seen on Facebook that my sister’s dog has been found. I called my sister and she was not answering’.

“She then found her sister lying on the floor. Apparently she was still breathing when my neighbours started to give her CPR and they were going for a long time, probably a good hour.

“Eventually the doctor came over to the sister and took her back, then they stopped the CPR. The farmer puts all these signs in the field saying ‘cows with calves are dangerous, don’t cross the path if you have got a dog with you’."

They added that on May 28, a man was badly injured by cows and he needed to be taken away in a helicopter.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "We are appealing for witnesses after an incident at a farm in Billingshurst on Monday.

"Emergency services responded to concerns for the welfare of a woman seen in a field in Rowner Road at about 11.40am. Sadly, the 55-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed.

"The woman had sustained her injuries after being trampled by cattle in the field. The death is not being treated as suspicious."

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