SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sparta Township woman was injured Friday afternoon after she was attacked by her bull, according to Sparta Township Police Lieutenant John Lamon.
At around 3:00 p.m., police received several reports of a cow on House Corner Road that was approaching cars, Lamon said.
Wendy McDermott of Houses Corner Road, the animals owner, told police that the animal was a bull and that lately its been highly aggressive. She stated that when she arrives, she would try to coax the bull back into its enclosure with food, Lamon said.
Once McDermott arrived, the bull began to follow her vehicle back up the gravel road toward the farm as Officer Arlene Lippencott followed behind in her vehicle, Lamon said.
Officer Lippencott observed the bull bumping McDermott’s vehicle and trying to mount it several times. Once at the farm, McDermott exited her vehicle and attempted to get the bull to go through the open gate. The bull turned on her and started attacking her, throwing her around, Lamon said.
McDermott was screaming that the bull was going to kill her and needed to be shot. Officer Lippencott attempted to distract the bull and while McDermott got into the officer’s vehicle, Lamon said.
Other officers and Sparta EMS arrived on scene. The bull attempted to charge Sgt. Carbery’s patrol vehicle and was subsequently “put down” by Sgt. Carbery and Officer Lynott, Lamon said.
McDermott was transported to Newton Memorial Hospital. She received numerous stitches to her head as well lacerations and bruising to her upper body, Lamon said.
McDermott told police that her bull had recently attacked her husband, but his injuries were not as serious.