Dog survives vicious beaver attack


by Derek Smith

Anchorage, AK-- "It was pretty horrifying, my goal was to stay calm," Lindsey Holmes, Alaska State Representative says.
    Lindsey Holmes says not only did she watch her dog get chased down by a beaver like this one, all she could do was try to stay calm.

  "And it was the best way. It was working. She was swimming for her life, " Holmes says.

 The Alaska State Representative says she took her resue puppy "Luna" to a popular dog park, University Lake last Wednesday. That's when Luna was distracted by a duck.

  "She saw a duck and she is a bird dog. She went running into the lake after the duck.
       I watched the beaver swim all away across the lake to get to her.
  She finally turned around and she just started swimming back towards me when the beaver nailed her," Holmes says.
     Holmes says the beaver hit Luna three times. But because Luna is a Springer Spaniel, the strong swimming dog escaped, with the beaver on her tail.

     "She's an incredible swimmer. I started yelling to her, encouraging her, she started to swim to the shore, the beaver chased her all the way to the shore," Holmes says.

     "Pet emergency said it was good I brought her right in. If we had waited, she would have been in much worser shape," Holmes says.

    "I count us really lucky. She has three rows of stitches," Holmes says.    

    Luna suffered three deep wounds to her shoulder,  her side and flank areas.
     She now has three long lines of stiches. Holmes says the popular dog park is notorious for aggressive beavers, with Fall being a vulnerable season.

     "It almost seems like a sick joke that the most popular dog park in the city has a killer beaver in it," Holmes says.

     According to dog owners, the angry beaver attacks come at no surprise.

      "The first time we came here with our friends, she gave us the low down on the beavers," Melissa Castagno, Owner of Doggy Dog World says.
    " But when you bring dogs in, who are naturally curious about what's in the lakes, there is going to be beaver and dog encounters, " Elaine Scarborough who works at a local construction company says. 

     Dog owners, who say these attacks happening often, say pet owners need to be more aware.

     " They are a very powerful and they are not a nice animal, " Scarborough says.

     " Really the solutions is for owners to just to be careful with their dogs being off leash, being mindful of the beavers," Castagno says.

    Holmes says because Luna is part puppy, she is extremely resilient.
     It's only been a week since the attack, and Luna is expected to make a full recovery.


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