Dog saves boy from cougar

Posted By elaine on January 5, 2010

"Angel" after the cougar attack  Photo: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

"Angel" after the cougar attack Photo: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

     A Golden Retriever is being called a hero in Canada after attacking a cougar over the weekend.    

     11-year old Austin Forman was in his family’s garden in Vancouver with “Angel”, the family’s 18-month-old pet dog, when he was charged by the wild cat. “Angel” positioned herself between Forman and the cougar,  risking her own life to save the boy. 

     “I was really scared. At first, I didn’t know it was a cougar. I thought it was another dog,” Austin told the Canadian news website CTV News . “As soon as it went underneath the light, I saw that it was a cougar. I knew at that moment, I had to go inside.”   The boy fled into his home, yelling: “A cougar is eating Angel!”

Sherri Forman, Austin’s mother, called police, and a nearby constable from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police came to the scene, where the wild cat was attacking the dog.

     The cougar had dragged Angel under the porch, where it continued to savage the dog’s neck and face despite the officer firing two rounds into its hind quarters.  When the cat was finally died, the dog was still in the jaws of the big cat and sat silent for a few moments, then took a big gasp of air and got to her feet.  “Angel” is a little worse for the wear, but is expected to recover.  “She must’ve known something was up,” the boy’s mother said. “Now, she’s our guardian angel.”

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