Anita Labrentz is a resident of the Sherwood Park, Alta.
Her pet dog, 15-year-old Shih Tzu named Bailey was playing in the backyard when an owl apparently attacked her.
There were six punctures on the elderly dog’s body. Labrentz said she found the dog lying unconscious on the snow with tongue hanging out.
She thought her dog was dead and she rushed him to the hospital. The vet had to shave a portion of the fur to be able to see the wound.
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While spotting a Great Horned Owl is not common in this area, this attack has made everyone alert. People are finding it risky to leave their pets and kids outside.
“I really hadn’t thought that our backyard had anything to be concerned about,” she said.
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