SPARTA, NJ – An aggressive bull had to be put down by a Sparta Police Officer after attacking and injuring its owner. On March 8, around 3 p.m. Sparta Dispatch received calls that a cow was on Houses Corner Road, police said.
As Officer Arlene Lippencott drove to the scene, the animal’s owner, Wendy McDermott reported it was a bull, not a cow. McDermott reported to dispatch that "the bull had been acting highly aggressive lately" and that she would try to coax it back into its pen with food, police report.
When McDermott arrived, Lippencott drove behind as the bull followed the owner. Lippencott saw the bull bump and try to mount McDermott’s car, police said.
Once they got back to the farm, McDermott got out of her car and tried to get the bull to go through the open gate. The bull started attacking her, throwing her around. As this was happening other Sgt. Carbery and Officer Timothy Lynott arrived, as did EMS, police said.
McDermott was screaming that the bull was going to kill her and needed to be shot. Lippencott distracted the bull, allowing McDermott to get into her patrol car, police report.
The bull started to charge Carbery’s patrol car and was then put down by Carbery and Lynott, police said.
McDermott was treated for her injuries at the scene by EMS are brought to Newton Hospital where she said she had to get stitches in her head as well as treatment for lacerations and bruising to her upper body.
McDermott told police the bull had recently attacked her husband but it was not nearly as serious as this attack.
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