73-year-old Wellesley woman killed by sheep at Bolton farm

BOLTON, Mass. — A longtime female volunteer was killed by a sheep at a farm in Bolton on Saturday, police say.

The Bolton Police Department confirmed to Boston 25 News police received reports at approximately 9:02 a.m. about a 73-year-old female volunteer injured by livestock at the Cultivate Care Farms at 401 Main Street, in Bolton.

“As of Saturday and Sunday, [the Bolton] Animal Control [officer] and [the farm] administration were consulting with the state vet, an epidemiologist, and state agriculture,” Bolton Police Chief Warren Nelson said.

Bolton Police, Bolton EMS, and Patriot ALS responded to the call and immediately began first aid after arriving at the scene. Authorities were told the woman, Kim Taylor, 73, of Wellesley, was alone caring for livestock in a pen when a sheep charged at her and repeatedly rammed her. This resulted in Taylor having extensive, serious injuries before she went into cardiac arrest shortly after Bolton Police Officers and Patriot ALS arrived. Taylor was sent to Marlborough Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

“She was still alive when we got there. It turned bad quickly. She was able to talk to officers,” Nelson said.

Taylor’s daughters released a statement Monday, saying:

“Our mother, Kim Taylor, was not only a great mother, grandmother and friend but was also a huge animal lover. She found joy in her weekly volunteering at Cultivate Care Farms in Bolton, MA. This accident was tragic and we are so very sad.

She was a nurse for over 30 years and recently retired from nursing after taking care of her patients in the Critical Care Unit at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton. She was an avid knitter, cook and Red Sox fan. She greeted others while walking her dogs and always found joy on these outdoor walks.

During this difficult time, our family asks that the media and public respect our privacy as we grieve her loss.”

Cultivate Care Farms released a response to the latest incident and on the death of one of their volunteers.

“Kim was beloved by all who worked with her during the 14 months she volunteered at the farm. I, along with the Cultivate Care Farms Board and the entire team, wish to express our deepest condolences and our heartfelt love and support to Kim’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time”, Megan Moran, Director, Cultivate Care Farms.

Kim’s family would like to share a few words: “During this very sad time, we would ask everyone to respect our family’s privacy while grieving this sudden tragedy. Cultivate continually gave our mother so much joy through her volunteering, and we take solace in that.”

—  Cultivate Care Farms

Bolton Animal Control is working with Cultivate Care Farms’ staff on the future outcome of the sheep. The Massachusetts State Police and the Bolton Police Department are investigating the incident.

“It’s still ongoing because we called in the state police detectives to do their death investigation,” Nelson said.

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