Family dog saves Idaho Springs kids from mountain lion
IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (KDVR) — The Havens family credited their pit bull Chihuahua mix, Lady, with saving their four children from a mountain lion stalking them in their front yard.
“If she hadn’t been there, it would have been a very different tragedy. I could have been lying in hospital against that lion if she hadn’t been there,” said Lady’s owner and mother of four children, Virginia Havens.
Havens said on June 14 her children and her husband were outside their home. The children were on the swing and her husband was working in the garage when Lady started barking.
“The nature of his barking was so unusually aggressive,” Havens said.
She said her husband then spotted a large mountain lion inside their fenced area and she said within seconds Lady was charging it.
“Isabella was on the swing facing that direction and the cat was right behind her,” Havens said.
She, her children and her husband all rushed into the house and watched helplessly as the big cat and Lady attacked in the yard.
“I wanted to help. We don’t have a gun. I had nothing to interfere with,” Havens said.
Havens said he saw Lady being pinned by the cat from an upstairs window. She said she started throwing heavy objects out the window at the cat, such as a pair of rollerblades, while her husband shot the cat with a BB gun.
She then called 911. She said officers from the Idaho Springs Police Department showed up within minutes when they began firing non-lethal rounds at the puma.
“I don’t know how many times they shot him, but he finally let go of his bloody muzzle and ran up the hill and disappeared,” Havens said.
Lady, she said, was still able to walk to the backdoor and enter their home. It was then that mum said she realized the extent of her injuries.
“She had compression trauma from the bite, which is why her eye was bulging. Her muzzle was pierced on the underside, which is why she had difficulty breathing and she had three holes in her skull,” Havens said.
The family finally had to make the decision to put Lady to sleep. It wasn’t an easy choice, but Havens said his chances of surviving and recovering from his injuries were very slim. The whole family was at the ER vet when they made the decision.
“She saw them, she was trying to jump out of my husband’s arms to be with the kids again, but she was moaning uncontrollably,” Havens said.
She said then the family thanked Lady, told her they loved her and she was brought back to be shot.
“If she hadn’t been there, the kids would have been in really, really danger,” Havens said.
Now their hero, Lady, is all over their home through photos and paintings.
The family adopted a new puppy from the same shelter they adopted Lady from. His name is Boaz and he helps children heal.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed they had come out to investigate where the incident took place. They looked for the cat, it was never found.
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