Lora K. Shrake rescued Cathy J. Veech from an attacking bull, Mattoon, Illinois, August 13, 1995. While in a pasture on her property, Ms. Veech, 37, was attacked by the 950-pound bull she owned. The bull mauled and gored her over the course of several minutes, inflicting injury and rendering her unable to escape. Ms. Shrake, 21, college student, was driving by the scene and saw the attack. She parked, entered the pasture by climbing through an electrified fence, and approached the bull, taking with her a two-foot length of rubber tubing. Ms. Shrake struck the bull repeatedly with the tubing, enabling Ms. Veech to crawl away. Ms. Veech went to the fence and exited the pasture. Ms. Shrake kept striking the bull until Ms. Veech reached safety; Ms. Shrake then left the pasture. Ms. Veech was hospitalized three days for treatment of her wounds, which required sutures.
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