Los Angeles, California (PressExposure) September 27, 2007 -- One police officer injured while distracting the animals
The California State Fair taking place in Sacramento, California turned chaotic when two bulls kept at a steel pen manage to break free. The stampede the two animals caused a police officer to sustain injuries while she was trying to steer the children out of the path they were taking.
Los Angeles, California, August 24, 2007 - The bulls, snorting in frenzy, trampled upon a horse and scared the people full-packed in the grandstand on Sunday. They were gathered to watch an event entitled "Dancing with Bulls," highlighting rodeo clowns. The clowns engaged to perform were immediately hard-pressed to take action and scooped children out the rampaging animals' path.
The animals lifted about metal panels weighing 100 pounds, which served as their enclosure. They did this by poking their heads all the way through the panel, simultaneously and lifting it apart. According to Cotton Rosser of Flying U Rodeo, they have never before experienced such rampage during his lifetime. He also attested that the panels were very heavy.
Rosser's Flying U Rodeo was responsible for staging the "Dancing with Bulls" event.
The bulls busted out of their steel pen as children were clearing off the rodeo grounds following the conclusion of a contest that involves gathering of dollar coins being tossed about the ground.
As the animals charged out in rage, Cal Expo Police Officer Pam Irey called out to the mob of onlookers to get out of the animals' way. Meanwhile, Irey's 16-year-old daughter, Shelby was in the staging area with about two dozen members of the Explorers program organized by the Sheriff and setting up a flag ceremony.
According to Shelby's account, "My mom grabbed a 5-year-old boy and tossed him over the fence to a cowboy so he wouldn't be trampled. She distracted the bulls from another Explorer." This caused the bulls to attack Irey.
Irey sustained broken ribs, minor concussion and several abrasions and remained in the hospital until Tuesday, as reported b Jessica Dunning, spokesperson of the State Fair.
Brian May, the deputy general manager of the fair proclaimed Irey as a hero. According to him, "Her instinct as a police officer was to warn people. She waved her arms, drew the attention of the bulls and was charged herself."
Later on, the rodeo hands, with the help of cow dogs have rounded up the two bulls and loaded them into the trailers.