SPARTA, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Police in New Jersey say they had to put down a bull after it attacked its owner.

Around 3 p.m. Friday, Sparta police received multiple reports of a cow approaching cars on Houses Corner Road.

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While officers were in route, the animal’s owner called to say it was in fact a bull that had been acting highly aggressive lately.

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When the owner arrived on scene, the bull started to mount her car. When she got out to coax it through a gate, the animal turned on her and threw her to the ground.

Police said the owner managed to break free, and officers shot the bull.

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The owner suffered cuts and bruises and needed stitches on her head.