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“Cultivate has continually given our mother so much joy through her volunteering, and we are so comforted.”

Kim Taylor, 73, of Wellesley was killed on Saturday morning when a sheep struck her repeatedly while volunteering at Cultivate Care Farms in Bolton. Courtesy of Candice and Samantha Denby

BOLTON, Mass. (AP) – A 73-year-old volunteer at a Massachusetts pet therapy farm died over the weekend after being repeatedly struck by a sheep, police said.

  • Bolton farm volunteer dies after being injured by sheep

Kim Taylor, of Wellesley, was tending the cattle in a paddock on her own around 9 a.m. on Saturday morning at Cultivate Care Farms in Bolton “when a sheep charged her and hit her several times,” said the head of the Bolton Police, Warren Nelson, in a statement Sunday.

Taylor, a longtime volunteer on the farm, “suffered serious injuries and went into cardiac arrest” shortly after police and emergency personnel responding to a 911 call arrived at the scene and started providing first aid, he said.

She was taken to Marlborough Hospital where she was pronounced dead, he said.

“We are heartbroken and devastated by the death of our precious volunteer,” the farm said in a statement on Monday. Taylor had volunteered at the site for 14 months.

Her family requested privacy.

“Cultivate has continually given our mother so much joy through her volunteering, and that brings comfort to us,” the family said in a statement sent by the farm.

“Our mother, Kim Taylor, was not only a great mother, grandmother and friend, but was also an avid animal lover,” Taylor’s daughters Candice and Samantha Denby said in the statement. “She found joy in her weekly volunteering at Cultivate Care Farms in Bolton, MA. This accident was tragic and we are very sad.

Animal control and farm staff determine what to do with the sheep.

The nonprofit Cultivate Care Farms on its website says it offers animal-based mental health therapy for children and teens.


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