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Mountain lion yanks Chihuahua from doghouse in Glendale

November 18, 2011 | 10:04 am

A mountain lion scaled a 6-foot-high backyard fence in a north Glendale neighborhood this week and snatched a Chihuahua from its doghouse.

The Glendale News-Press reported that the attack occurred Monday when a mountain lion -– described as being at least 150 pounds -– hopped the fence around 1 a.m. and pulled the 4-year-old Chihuahua from its doghouse while its owners watched in horror.

"He didn't even get a chance to bark. All we heard was whimper," said Marco Iezza who lives in the 2300 block of Bonita Drive.

Iezza said he yelled and chased the mountain lion, but it was too late.

"The way he jumped that fence was amazing," Iezza said.

In recent weeks, there have been a series of mountain lion sightings in the neighborhood abutting the Verdugo Mountains. The Pasadena Humane Society, which handles animal-control issues for Glendale, said it would post warning notices throughout the neighborhood this week, urging people to stay on alert for the animals.

Officials advise residents to yell, throw objects and wave their hands if they encounter a mountain lion. Small pets should be kept indoors when not being monitored, they said.

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-- Jason Wells, Times Community News

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