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NC man pummeled by escaped bull dies in hospital

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An elderly North Carolina man battered by an angry bull that escaped from its pasture has died, and the animal is headed to a slaughterhouse.

Ricky House of Spring Lake said today that his 82-year-old father John A. House died last week after life-support machines were removed.

John House was hospitalized three days earlier after failing to coax one of his Angus bulls back into its pen on the family’s 12-acre Fayetteville farm.

Hours before his father was injured, Ricky House says he had made an appointment to take the bull to a slaughterhouse because he was tired of coping with the animal’s aggressive disposition.

Ricky House says his father’s funeral is set for Thursday.