A cow had to be put down after walkers left a gate open on a farm yesterday (Tuesday, August 11th).
The incident occurred in the Shotwick area of Cheshire in the UK.
In a post on social media, Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team said: “Today, I've been to visit a farm in the Shotwick area after the farmer reported a gate being left open multiple times on a footpath that runs through their farm.”
“This has resulted in cows getting on to the nearby road and slipping on the concrete, sadly one had to be put down due to injuries sustained.”
“It isn't just a danger for the livestock it is a huge risk for people who use public footpaths as well. Cows that find a new area to go often charge down to explore and if you are walking/cycling/riding on a thin footpath, you may find a herd of cows running towards you with nowhere to escape.”
“This is just one example of this type of incident so please, if you are using a footpath that runs through a farm or if there is livestock around, make sure you check that the gate is shut behind you properly. It could genuinely save a life.” the post concluded.
Image source: Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team / Facebook