Police shoot cougar after attack on German Shepherd
July 9, 2012
UTTERSON - Police shot a cougar over the weekend after it viciously attacked a German shepherd in Utterson, leaving it for dead.
Hearing her family dog Indy scream shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday July 7, Middaugh Road resident Doreen Rick ran outside to find a cougar mauling the pet. The cougar didn’t budge when her grandson’s girlfriend attempted to scare it off.
“She let the air horn off and it didn’t affect it at all,” said Rick. “She screamed because he picked the dog up — and she’s a small white German shepherd — and dragged it across the lawn and just laid on him and chewed on him.”
The vicious attack left the dog clinging to life.
“It chewed on its head and went right down to the skull,” said Rick.
Rick phoned police while the attack was going on, who told her to stay indoors and to keep all windows and doors closed. The cougar then turned its attention to Rick’s other pets.
“It came right up to my screen after seeing my cats sitting in the window and started pacing,” she said. “We closed all our windows, took the cats away and it went back to the dog again.”
Rick said police arrived within minutes and shot the cougar. Even then, the animal did not go down easily.
“It took six shots to actually put it down,” said Rick.
On the morning of Monday, July 9, OPP Const. Maureen Tilson confirmed that officers had shot a cougar over the weekend, and that crews from the Ministry of Natural Resources were also called. The cougar was taken away by ministry crews after the shooting.
Although few other details were disclosed, Tilson said police would release an official statement on the incident later in the day.
Despite the attack, Indy proved more resilient that his attacker.
“The police were standing there, they had shot the cougar … they wanted to know what to do about the dog, and all of a sudden they said ‘oh my god he jumped up,’” said Rick. “He jumped up; he was dazed of course because he was all chewed in his head.”
Indy was taken to a local animal hospital, but in the end was also dispatched.
“We just had him put to sleep, because he was chewed right down to his skull above his ears and his head,” said Rick.
After the attack, Rick said both she and police approached the owner of Guha’s Tigers and Lions, an animal farm in Utterson that features wild cats. Rick was convinced that because the cougar is declawed, it did not come from the facility.
“It’s got nothing to do him with him whatsoever; he said I would not declaw a wild cat like that,” she said. “He said ‘I would never declaw a cat,’ he said that is cruel. He swears that it is not his cat.’”
The incident has left Rick both shocked and stunned. She said she hasn’t even seen a deer in the area for years.
“It wasn’t scared of people and we kept saying, what if there was a kid out there playing and not just a dog? That’s the scary thing,” she said.
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