Bull that Got Loose at Dakota Co. Fair is Put Down by Owner
The bull that got loose at the Dakota County Fair Wednesday night, seriously injuring a woman, has been put down by the owner.
The bull, whose name is "Red 43," got loose around 8:24 p.m. at the fair in Farmington. The bull broke through a gate and then ran northbound toward an area heavily congested with fairgoers.
Barbara Goggin, of Cottage Grove, was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with serious injuries after the incident, according to the Dakota County Sheriff's Office. Authorities say she was hit by the bull.
Seven other fairgoers were injured. The other injured victims were treated by paramedics on the scene and did not require transportation to the hospital. One of the victims was a boy.
"Given the large number of people attending the fair on Wednesday evening, and the fact the bull ran into an area congested with fairgoers, we are fortunate there were not many more injuries," Sheriff Dave Bellows said in a statement Thursday.
Deputy Matthew Regis shot at the 1,200- to 1,400-pound bull twice at a very close range with a handgun. Both rounds hit the bull, according to the Dakota County Sheriff's Department. However, the bull's owner says the animal was not hit by the bullets.
Regis was injured by the bull and taken to Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, where he was later released.
Regis feared for his life and acted courageously, Bellows said.
After being shot at, the bull ran through the crowd, injuring multiple people. It took rodeo hands about 10 to 15 minutes to corral the animal.
The bull remained alive following the incident, according to Dave Rice, a producer at the Rice Bull Riding Company of Princeton, Minn. The bull's owner says he "put down" the animal Thursday.
The company sponsored the "Bulls and Barrels" event at 7 p.m. Wednesday - which the bull was involved with.
"I feel absolutely horrible about the entire situation, however we are professionals at what we do and without the outside influences I think there would be have a much different outcome," Rice said.
The bull is owned by the Gold Medal Cattle Company in Wisconsin, the sheriff's office reported.
Click here to watch an extended interview with Bellows.
Click here to watch one witness's YouTube video. (Warning: Contains strong language)