Red, a Ridgeback-German Shepherd cross, is lucky to be alive after her owner’s father fought a puma that attacked the nine-year-old dog last week.
Ian Orser, a plumber from Grand Forks, BC, was working in a residential neighborhood near Christina Lake on April 9 when he and his 40-year-old daughter, Megan, heard a commotion, including howls.
“At first we thought it was a dogfight. My daughter went down there and she just yelled, ‘It’s a puma!'” He told CBC Radio Vest host Sarah Penton.
He said he ran over to see Red’s head inside a puma’s mouth.
“The only thing I could think of to do was kick it in the head,” said Orser, 69.
“If I had thought about it, I probably would not have run over there. But I just had to save our dog.”
Orser’s kick did the trick, and the puma backed off – but it did not go far.
Orser says he then swung a stick at the big cat, but it still did not run away. He and his daughter then grabbed Red and the other two dogs with them and jumped into his truck to get to the vet.
Red received medical treatment, and Orser said she is fine now. But he said that if one of his other dogs – both jumping spaniels – had been in this situation, it would have ended much worse.
“I think they would have been dead because they are much smaller,” he said.
Orser reported the incident to conservation officers. The BC Conservation Officer Service confirmed that they had received several reports of a cougar in the residential area.
The officers tracked down the animal and because of the risk to the public, it slaughtered it.
Radio Vest5:30A Grand Forks man had to kick a puma in the head to free the family dog out of his mouth in a residential area of Christina Lake