A woman trampled by cows has spoken of the life changing impact of her ordeal.
Sharn Thomas, 59, from Llanbedr, North Wales, was walking her dog through a field on May 1, 2015, when three Welsh Black cows attacked her.
The field had no sign stating there was livestock grazing, and a large hedgerow blocked Mrs Thomas’ view of the cattle and their young calves.
Mrs Thomas, who is originally from Shropshire, was walking her dog off the lead when the incident occurred.
She said: “Had I had known there was livestock in the field, I would not have gone anywhere near it.”
Chloe, Mrs Thomas’ black Labrador dog, managed to escape unscathed, while Mrs Thomas spent two days in hospital recovering from her injuries and even now at home, is unable to get up or walk without help.
If it had not been for a group of young boys who were out playing that evening, Mrs Thomas said she would have lost her life.
“A group of 13 year old boys heard my screams and somehow managed to scare the cows off.
“If they had not been out that evening, no-one would have heard me and I would have died.”
Mrs Thomas explained how the field which contained the cattle was connected to a playing field and lead to the River Arto. The field is used by people of all ages on a daily basis, including school children going to and from the primary school.
“A child would not have survived the injuries I have sustained. I have had a very lucky escape,” she said.
Now facing a three month recovery, Mrs Thomas is urging walkers, with and without dogs to steer clear of fields where there are livestock, and has asked farmers to display clear signs when there are livestock in a field.
“I would not wish this on my worst enemy.
“Stay away from all fields with livestock, without question.”
Last year Farners Guardian launched its Take the Lead campaign which encourages walkers to keep their dogs on a lead when out walking in the countryside. For more information about the campaign click here.