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Wild animal suspected in dog mauling
Dog mauled, wild cat suspected
HESPERIA • A Hesperia resident now faces large veterinary bills and extended time off to tend to her dog that was recently attacked by possibly a mountain lion or bobcat, according to officials from Hesperia's Animal Control.
Dana Schaeffer was asleep early Friday morning when she heard a commotion coming from her dogs and other animals in the neighborhood nearby Locust Avenue and Mauna Loa Street.
“I have a dog that was freaking out and woke me up. I went outside, looked at my other dog and immediately called 911 right after,” Schaeffer said Monday.
Schaeffer then rushed Buddy, her Australian shepherd, to a nearby animal hospital where veterinarians told her that claw marks on Buddy’s face and body were likely made by a large feline. A Hesperia’s Animal Control officer examined the dog and came to the same conclusion.
“It appeared that a bobcat may have attacked the dog,” said Suzanne Edson, Supervisor at Hesperia’s Animal Control. “The officer did not find prints of the attacking animal to determine the size or species but there were injuries on the dog that were consistent with an attack from a feline of some sort.”
It is still undetermined what animal attacked or if the animal is still in the area, although Edson says that Hesperia is home to both mountain lions as well as bobcats. Edson advises residents to remove food sources from the property and accompany small pets outside from dusk to sunrise.
Meanwhile Schaeffer has lost several work hours at Burrtec Waste in order to tend to her severely injured Buddy.
“I can’t go to work while he’s got all these drainage tubes coming out of him, but then again I can’t just take a whole week off,” she said.
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