Dog walker thought shed die after being headbutted and almost strangled by cows

A 51-year-old woman narrowly escaped death after a herd of cows attacked her with vicious headbutts, leaving her with severe injuries.

Sharon Eley suffered a shattered ankle, punctured lung and 15 broken ribs after the brutal bovines savaged her as she walked her dog.

From Blacko, Lancashire, she said she was “lucky to be alive” following the five-minute ordeal that saw her brutalised and even strangled.

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She was surrounded by 20 cows as she wandered through the Lancashire countryside with Ralphie, her five-year-old Lhasa Apso.

Sharon was surrounded by a 20-strong herd, led by what she said was an ‘agitated’ ring leader.

The cow got her on the floor and then proceeded to headbutt her repeatedly.

Meanwhile, her bag strap hooked around her neck and nearly choked her leaving her with a grim neck marking.

The owner of a glamping business, she was saved by the arrival of other dog walkers in the field who bought her time to make her escape.

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No one else is understood to have been hurt in the attack.

After getting upright again, she managed to get a final cow to back off before she hopped over a drystone wall and made her escape.

Her injuries left her needing two surgeries on her ankle and put her in the hospital for around a month, including time in the ICU and major trauma unit.

She said: “It was terrifying.

“They pushed me over, I was on my hands and knees and I didn't know how to get out.

“They'd got all around me and all I could see was hooves after hooves after hooves.

“I stood up and then they pushed me down again. I was on my hands and knees again and then they were headbutting me on my back.

“I was wearing a hard leather backpack handbag and they were hitting it. The next minute they'd snapped the arm off my backpack, that had gone round my neck and it was choking me.”

In the previous three days, she is understood to have been training for the Yorkshire Three Peak and had completed 30 miles in four days.

She is understood to have her dog on a short lead and walked the same field just a day before and had no problems.

The keen and experienced walker added: “I'm very lucky to be alive.”


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