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There is nothing I like more than a dog hero story, thanks to Yukiko for barking this one to me. A very brave dog protected...

Horst Hoefinger  |  May 6th 2009


There is nothing I like more than a dog hero story, thanks to Yukiko for barking this one to me. A very brave dog protected his owners from a mountain lion that attacked while they were hiking in the Santa Ana Mountains.

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – A mountain lion attacked and nearly killed a dog that defended its owners Tuesday on a trail in the Santa Ana Mountains.

The dog was severely mauled in the stomach area and rushed to a veterinary hospital for surgery, said Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino. The 5-year-old black Labrador mix named Hoagie underwent a four-hour operation and was expected to survive, he said.

William Morse told KABC-TV that he was hiking with his wife near a campground in the Cleveland National Forest, about 10 miles from Lake Elsinore, when a 120-pound mountain lion approached.

“Out of nowhere, a mountain lion just charged us, attacked us. And my dog saved our lives,” Morse said.

He said the attack lasted less than 10 seconds and left the dog with deep wounds.

But, Amormino said, the dog put up a “vicious fight. I’m sure that lion was hurt, too.”

The Morse family saved Hoagie a few years ago when they adopted him from a shelter, today he returned the favor.

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