Dad and son charged by cows

Tony Dack, his son, eight-year-old Jacob and their dog Marvin, who were attacked by cows near Norwood Green
Tony Dack, his son, eight-year-old Jacob and their dog Marvin, who were attacked by cows near Norwood Green

A father and son luckily escaped serious injury when they were charged by a herd of cows.

Tony Dack, from Norwood Green, was on his way back from a visit to Bailiff Bridge with his nine-year-old son Jacob and dog Marvin when they were surrounded by cows in Norwood Green.

One charged at Mr Dack, knocking him to the floor and leaving him unconscious in the incident on a public footpath close to the A58, near Nordgreen Nurseries.

“It was the most frightening thing I’ve ever experienced,” said Mr Dack, 49.

“The one that hit me was massive.”

They were walking through the field when they saw the cows had gathered around the footpath.

The animals started moving towards them and then surrounded them. Mr Dack said the cows were getting agitated.

Jacob and Marvin - a spinone - managed to run off but Mr Dack could not get away and was knocked over when one of them charged.

“I play football and would have thought I’d be able to get out of the way but I didn’t have time,” he said.

They managed to get to a friend’s house nearby and Mr Dack was rushed to hospital. Fortunately, a scan showed he was not seriously injured and he is now recovering at home.

Mr Dack said he made sure Marvin was on a lead as they went through the field but he has since heard that official advice is to let dogs go if cows attack.

His fear is that other people who walk through the field, including schoolchildren, could also be attacked.