A passerby on Taylor’s Ride, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, heard the cow crying out early on Tuesday and discovered her. She was bleeding from her left shoulder down her neck when they found her.
According to the RSPCA, the river was particularly muddy and slick, and water covered half of her body, giving the impression that she was immobile. The seven members of the charity team and Bedfordshire firefighters finally succeeded in pulling her out of the river after spending many hours at the scene.
RSPCA inspector Lauren Bailey stated, “We knew we needed to be particularly careful because the cow was not only wounded but also pregnant.I worked with the fire department, and they quickly dispatched a crew with expertise in animal rescue.”However, the process of pulling the cow out of the river proved to be difficult and time-consuming. We had to place rope beneath her and carefully pull her out.She was a heavy female, so seven males and I had to assist her to safety. After alerting the farmer, a veterinarian was summoned to inspect the cow.
Her wounds were consistent with a dog attack, Ms. Bailey claimed. Even though there were no eyewitnesses to the attack, “we believe it is very likely that she was attacked by a dog.” Along the river is a public walkway. She recommended dog walkers to keep their pets on leashes, noting that “even the most docile and obedient dogs can get distracted and excited by other animals.” She also brought up the possibility that horses and other animals trampled dogs. She also advised farmers to have strong fence and to put signs warning dog walkers that there were livestock nearby.