South East Wales

Dog walker Marilyn Duffy killed by cows in Cardiff

Dog owners have been warned to beware when walking through cattle fields after the death of a woman knocked down by cows.

Marilyn Duffy, 61, died after she was injured walking a friend's dog in a field off Pant Tawel Lane in Radyr, Cardiff.

Former Farmers' Union of Wales vice president Brian Jones said dog owners should let go of their lead rather than shield their pets during a confrontation with livestock.

An inquest has been adjourned.

"If we go out in a field and a cow has calved, the first thing we do is get the dog out of the way because the dog will put you between them and animal and that is fatal," said Mr Jones.

A dairy farmer from Caersws in Powys, Mr Jones explained that traditional breeds - Herefords, Aberdeen Angus, British Friesians - were usually docile but the more varied continental breeds have different temperaments.

He said cattle can also become upset in warm weather.

Inquest adjourned

"If there is any fear at all, let the dog go because cattle will be going for the dog," said Mr Jones.

On Thursday, the Cardiff coroner adjourned an inquest into the death of Ms Duffy, from the Radyr area, until a future date.

South Wales Police confirmed that she died in a field close to Radyr Golf Course on Monday at about 17:30 BST.

The field is frequented by walkers and dog walkers, with dozens of people said to use it on a daily basis.

There were signs warning people of the dangers of allowing their dogs to run free, although local people said they had been vandalised.

Just over two years ago another woman, aged 63, died after being trampled by cows while walking her dog in another field in nearby St Fagans.

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