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Janicke Tvedt, 55, had been walking eight-year-old Labrador Goose with partner

  • They stumbled across a 30-strong herd of cows in Masham, North Yorkshire

  • Ex army officer pinned against a fence as the animals stamped on her body 

  • She needed to have part of her colon removed and has mobility problems

  • By Bhvishya Patel For Mailonline

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    A former army officer has told how she was left with life-changing injuries and 'convinced she was going to die' after she was trampled by a herd of cows while out walking her dog.

    Janicke Tvedt, 55, had been walking her eight-year-old Labrador Goose with her partner David Hood, 57, when they stumbled across a 30-strong herd of cows in Masham, North Yorkshire.

    Within minutes, the ex-army officer, who served in Bosnia, had been taken down and pinned against a fence as the animals, who apparently feared her Labrador was a threat to their calves, stamped on her body. 

    She managed to escape when her army training kicked in and she went into 'survival mode', climbing a tree.

    The mother-of-two slipped in and out of consciousness before paramedics arrived and she was finally airlifted to hospital.   

    Ms Tvedt was left with seven broken ribs, hoof marks on her chest and legs and had to have a colostomy bag fitted after part of her colon had to removed by medics following the terrifying ordeal last July.  

    Janicke Tvedt, 55, was left with seven broken ribs, hoof marks on her chest and legs and needed part of her colon removed after she was attacked by cows

    Janicke Tvedt, 55, was left with seven broken ribs, hoof marks on her chest and legs and needed part of her colon removed after she was attacked by cows

    The former army officer had been walking her eight-year-old Labrador Goose (pictured together) when they stumbled across a 30-strong herd of cows in Masham, North Yorkshire

    The former army officer had been walking her eight-year-old Labrador Goose (pictured together) when they stumbled across a 30-strong herd of cows in Masham, North Yorkshire

    She said: 'I was convinced I was going to die.

    'I was trying to get in contact with my son because as far as I was concerned, that was it - I wasn't going to see anyone again.

    'Had there been a child or an elderly person there, they would not have survived - that's how serious the attack was.'  

    Now Ms Tvedt, who followed a farmer's gatepost instruction to keep her dog on a lead, is urging those who find themselves in a similar situation to let their pets run free.

    She explained: 'What you're supposed to do when you're under attack by cattle is you're supposed to let the dog off the lead and kick the dog away.

    'It's the dog that's the issue. They see it as a predator.'

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