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Wife of man crushed to death by cows reveals they were his biggest fear

A FATHER of two has been killed by a herd of cows while trying to save one of his dogs.

John McNamara, 67, was trampled while walking his pets in fields near his home.

SWNS:South West News Service Tragic John McNamara, 67, was trampled by cows while walking his pets in fields near his home in the village of Forest Row, East Sussex

His widow Alison Read — who has two daughters with John — claimed the cows were being “protective” of their calves.

Unlike most herds, they had not been separated after birth. Alison, 57, said: “My husband, throughout this time of year, dreaded coming across the cows. What really saddens me is that his greatest fear was the cows and that fear is realised — they killed him.”

John, a retired biology lecturer, and his oldest dog Soleil were fatally injured in Forest Row, East Sussex, on Monday.

It is thought John, who volunteered at a local OAP centre, saved his two younger dogs from being attacked before going back to try to rescue his 13-year-old golden retriever.

SWNS:South West News Service Cows in a field near where John McNamara was trampled to death

The cows are owned by Tablehurst organic farm. No one was available for comment yesterday.

Alison said: “How many have to die before somebody says, ‘Let’s put a bit of electronic tape up?’.”

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