Orange Heights Man Attacked by Bull
Published August 7th, 2012
HAWTHORNE - It's one of the hazards of raising cattle.
A man is in stable condition tonight after a bull attacked him at a farm in Orange Heights.
The victim fed the bull everyday for the past two years. Alachua County Fire Rescue is not releasing his name because of federal healthcare laws, but we do know the bulls name. His name is Lucky.
The man who raised said sadly, his luck has run out.
Lucky isn't your average bull.
He was abandoned as a calf, but was lucky to be found by George Dougherty of Eastern Alachua County.
"We had to bottle feed him raise him on the bottle, which we use to play with him a lot when he was little; my grandson," said Dougherty.
On Monday night Lucky did a whole lot more than just play. He attacked a 41-year-old man.
"You just can't predict an animal of any kind of animal. Horses, dogs they are all the same," said Dougherty.
Dougherty said the victim who is his friend, works at a farm in Orange Heights. He feeds and watches over the herd everyday.
On Monday at 7:30 p.m., the man parked his truck behind this gate.
Harold Theus from the Alachua County Fire Rescue said while the man was feeding the cows at this farm, the bull pulled up behind him and started stomping on him several times.
The man managed to get away from Lucky.
"He thinks he rolled underneath a truck until the bull left and how he got out from under the truck and got in and drove and still closed the gates and got to my house is one of them things called miracles," said Dougherty.
His friend drove two miles to get to Doughertys' home, where they called 911.
Dougherty said he has no choice but to send Lucky away.
He is loading him up in a trailer and taking him to a market in Lake City.
"I hate to see him go because I know what's going to happen to him, but he has to go now," said Dougherty.
He said he can't keep him because then Lucky will think it's ok to attack again.
"It makes me feel bad especially for my friend," said Dougherty.
Dougherty told us people may be surprised to hear about a bull attack, but he says attacks like this happen often.
He said its just the life of a farmer.
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