Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Mountain lion snatches dog off bed inside of Pescadero home

Mountain lion snatches dog off bed inside of Pescadero home

A mountain lion entered a California family's home in the middle of the night before snatching their dog as they slept just feet away.

"For a second, I thought 'Oh, she recognizes Leo, our bigger dog.' Then I saw the lion walk back out the door", Fought said.

"As soon as I saw it walk out, I said, 'That's a lion, '" said homeowner Victoria Fought.

A woman in Pescadero, Calif., said she was sleeping with her child and her dog when she awoke around 3 a.m. on Monday to the sound of the 15-pound Portuguese Podengo barking aggressively.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is reminding residents on the Peninsula to lock and secure their homes after a reported mountain lion attack in Pescadero.

According to a press release sent by the Sheriff's Department, the incident occurred Monday in a home in Pescadero, a San Mateo County town two miles east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. She said they kept the room's French doors slightly open so that the dog could go outside as it needed. When she grabbed a flashlight, she saw "large wet paw prints" near the bedroom's entrance, and called 911.

But Ms Fought and her daughter are astonished that a mountain lion could have been so bold. "What is unusual is the fact that this mountain lion got this close and actually went into the home".

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"I heard my little dog bark and it wasn't a bark that I've heard her do before", said Pesso.

A warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the residence on the 800 block of Native Sons Road in the remote hills off the San Mateo County coastline to investigate, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"We live amongst these animals, but mostly, you never know they're there", Periat said.

The newspaper reports it's still too early to confirm whether the animal was indeed a mountain lion.

Deputies searched the area and also found paw prints similar to a mountain lion.

The family says they worry the cat will come back.

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