Dog attacked by mountain lion in Trinity County could go home this week
A dog who survived a mountain lion attack in Trinity County could go home this week, according to her owner.
"My dog is my hero and I owe her my life," Erin Wilson, 24, posted on social media about her dog Eva after their encounter with the mountain lion on Monday afternoon.
Eva sustained two skull fractures, a punctured sinus cavity and swelling around her left eye, Wilson reported in an update on her GoFundMe page.
The 2-year-old Belgian Malinois was still heavily sedated Wednesday morning, Wilson wrote, but was peppy that night, climbing into Wilson's lap. "We got to take her outside in the grass," she said.
Punctures from the mountain lion's teeth into the dog's sinus and cheeks missed the brain, Wilson said. In time, veterinarians will determine if the dog will be able to see clearly out of her injured eye.
Wilson reported to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that a mountain lion raked her shoulder with its claws while she was walking with her dog. The attack happened on a trail near the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Picnic Area at Whites Bar along State Highway 299, 25 miles west of Weaverville, the CDFW said.
When she screamed, the dog attacked the mountain lion, Wilson said in the state's report. The mountain lion bit Eva’s head and wouldn't let go.
"They battled for a few moments until I heard her cry," Wilson said in her social media post on Tuesday. "The cat had her by the left side of her head. I tried everything I could to free her."
Wilson waved for help at a passing car, according to the CDFW report.
The driver, Sharon Houston, said she grabbed a PVC pipe and pepper spray and the two women beat the mountain lion as it tried to drag Eva away, according to the Associated Press. The mountain lion finally released the dog.
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Before seeking medical help for herself, Wilson drove Eva to the vet — the dog convulsing on the way. "I didn’t think she’d make it," Wilson said.
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