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Bull attacks Fayetteville farmer

Posted December 20, 2010 2:16 p.m. EST
Updated December 21, 2010 9:50 a.m. EST

— A bull dragged its owner across a field Monday before Fayetteville police and Cumberland County animal control officers were able to corral the animal.

Neighbors called police to 706 Elderberry Drive at about 12:30 p.m. after they saw the bull attack the farmer, police said. Neighbors scared the animal off until police arrived.

The farmer, 82-year-old John A. House, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and later transported to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He was critical but stable on Tuesday. 

Animal control officers said the farmer was moving the bull from one pasture to another when the animal turned on him.

The farmer used to be outside Fayetteville, and when the city annexed the area, the farmer was allowed to keep his livestock, said Sgt. John Somerindyke of the Fayetteville Police Department.