A Vancouver Island senior fought off two young cougars after they attacked her dog earlier this week.
Jacqui Siemenson was strolling along the beach near Sayward Monday afternoon, when the cubs ran at her shitzu-terrier, Teddy, from an old mill building.
Teddy gave chase, but one of the mountain lions outran her and grabbed the small dog around the throat.
“It was shaking the hell out of her trying to break her neck,” said Siemenson.
Siemenson slammed her foot into the big cat, but her efforts were in vain.
“you have no many idea how many times I kicked it and it didn’t make a damn bit of difference,” she said.
The cougar took off for the mill house with Teddy in its jaws. Siemenson wasn’t far behind.
Inside, she cornered the cougar and kick it relentlessly until, eventually, it let go.
She yelled to Teddy, “Run!” and the dog made a break for the door.
After reuniting with her bleeding Shitzu-terrier, she caught the attention of a nearby mill worker, who drove her to the vet.
A short while later, Cpl. Milo Ramsey heard a pounding at the door of Sayward RCMP detachment. It was the mill worker, telling him to come down to the site of the attack.
When he arrived on scene, he found two emaciated young cougars, maybe a year old.
The area is known for is high pedestrian traffic, and Ramsey’s own family had been on that beach just a week before.
There was a strong likelihood another attack would occur, he said, so he euthanized them.
“the decision was not made lightly,” he said.
As for Teddy, her jaw was broken and there were puncture wounds all over her body, but she is recovering.
Siemenson’s other dog, Bear, who had be trailing behind on their walk, was recovered later that day.
She found the 14-year-old Chihuahua-Eskimo wandering toward the parking lot, trying to find his way home.
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