Trying to be a good neighbor turned into a harrowing ordeal for a 48-year-old Taneytown man, who was attacked by his neighbor's 2,000-pound bull, State Police report.
Jerry Gooding, a retired State Police lieutenant who lives in the 4900 block of Walnut Grove Road, noticed his next-door neighbor's horse on the loose Saturday evening and tried to put the horse back into the neighbor's field, said Cpl. William Hartman.
But, unknown to Gooding, the hornless bull that shared the field with the horse also had gotten loose, Hartman said. Gooding didn't see it in the dark.
"The bull came from behind him and struck him . . . and mauled him," said Hartman. "The bull kicked him around."
Hartman said Gooding's wife, who was in a small car, tried to ram the animal with the vehicle but to no avail. A man in a pickup truck then got the bull's attention, and the animal charged the truck, affording Gooding a chance to escape.
Hartman said the bull rammed the car and the pickup and then ran away. Later, another truck lured the bull through a gateway and it was closed off.
Gooding was flown by Med-Evac helicopter to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where he was listed in fair and stable condition with undetermined injuries, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Originally, it was thought Gooding had received a punctured lung, but that was not the case, Hartman said. He said Gooding does have lots of bruises, however.
Hartman said Gooding and his neighbor live on small farms in Taneytown. The neighbor wasn't home during the incident.
State Police said the Carroll County animal control officer will investigate this week to determine if there were any violations of law.
According to Hartman, the bull freed itself from a pen on the farm.
"It put its head in the gate and lifted the hinge up," Hartman said.