Mountain lion caught on video attacking pet dog in backyard of La Verne home

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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LA VERNE, Calif. (KABC) — A 3-year-old pet dog survived a vicious attack by a mountain lion in the backyard of a home in La Verne over the weekend.

The homeowner’s Ring camera captured the moment the mountain lion pounced on the family’s beloved pet.

The frightening attack happened around 9 p.m. Saturday when Holly Jolly, a Giant Schnauzer, typically goes out before settling for the night.

Holly Jolly’s owner Nicole explained her dog was sniffing around before the 93-pound pup was pinned down by the cougar’s mouth.

As the attack was unfolding the family heard Holly Jolly’s cries.

Nicole’s husband then came out. His shouts appeared to startle the mountain lion, giving the dog the opportunity to run away and escape.

“She did have surgery. She had a lot of puncture wounds, many stitches,” Nicole told Eyewitness News. “They said there was just a lot.”

Nicole said after the terrifying encounter, their camera picked up the big cat returning 20 minutes later. The video shows the cougar sniffing the dog’s collar left behind in the tussle.

Holly Jolly is now on the road to recovery.

The couple posted the video to alert their neighbors.

“We’re careful, but I think we were always concerned about coyotes and other animals, but a mountain lion is a new beast for us, literally,” Leslie Simone said.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.