A BALLARAT region woman has been praised by animal welfare advocates after she came to the aid of an unwell cow yesterday.
Bunkers Hill resident Sandy Beach saw the unwell cow near her property yesterday afternoon and called for medical assistance, knowing her neighbour was away for the day.
The cow, in a paddock next to a nearby road, was later put down by Department of Primary Industry vets but only after Ms Beach persisted in contacting the relevant authorities.
She said local vets and animal experts did not know how to deal with the unwell animal who was clearly dying, but after a number of hours on the phone, help was at hand.
“People who live on country properties look out for each other and their animals,” she said.
“It doesn’t make any sense to let any cow or sheep or horse suffer in pain and I believe that just like a child lost in the supermarket or whatever, you do what you can.”