Woman on life support after ram attack

PALO CEDRO, Calif. - A 65-year-old woman was attacked by a ram in Palo Cedro on Tuesday. Lucretia Thompson had walked out to the backyard of her son's property when she was attacked by the ram.

Her daughter, Audra Eneix said she stopped by the house to check on her mom. Eneix said she found her mother on the floor in the backyard. That's when she ran to Jim Whitmore's house, a neighbor that was able to hold the ram down until an ambulance arrived.

"It's unbelievable how devastating the injuries were to this gals face," said Whitmore. "When she got up, sat up, I could see her face it was almost unrecognizable."

Whitmore said Eneix came screaming towards his house.

"Coming through my door she looked frantic," Whitmore said.

Whitmore followed Eneix to her house and he said he couldn't believe what he saw.

"The gal laying face down with her hands on her sides and looked like there were penetration marks from the rams horns on the back of her arms," Whitmore said.

According to Eneix, the ram belongs to her brother. The ram was kept outside in the backyard and somehow attacked Thompson. The attack was so brutal that he crushed Thompson's ribs, skull and caused internal bleeding.

Whitmore said he immediately decided to do something about it.

"I walked up to it and grabbed it by the horns and then got it between my legs and basically sat down on it, I was dominating it so much that it didn't have a chance to do its thing on me if it was gonna try," said Whitmore.

Eneix said her mother remains on life support at Mercy Medical Center. She wants to remind the public of the dangers that can arise when keeping animals that aren't meant to be kept in small areas.

Shasta County Animal Control had not returned phone calls at the time of this article's publishing.

This article contains a clarification: The original article stated the ram was taken by Shasta County Animal Control to be euthanized. This was incorrect, the ram was destroyed and taken to a butcher shop.

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