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Mountain lion kills year-old shepherd mix named Cookie in Glendale

A mountain lion fatally mauled a 1-year-old German-Belgian shepherd mix named Cookie over the weekend, making it the first reported killing of its kind this year in Glendale, officials said.

The attack prompted Glendale police officials to renew warnings to hillside residents to keep their pets indoors at night.

"She was a great dog," said Cookie's owner, Karine Tatevossian, told the Glendale News-Press. "It's just really scary."

The shepherd mix was staying at her parents' home in the 1800 block of Emerald Terrace for the weekend, she said.

Cookie was last seen Friday night before her parents retired for the evening, Tatevossian said.

The following morning at about 8:30 a.m., they discovered the dog had been killed.

There were wounds on Cookie's neck and rib cage, and it appeared as if the cougar had tried to drag the dog away, Tatevossian added.

Her parents and brother, Ed Khourdadjian, notified animal control officials, who took the dog away.

"We do live in [the mountain lion's] neighborhood ... but we do worry," Khourdadjian said.

The California Department of Fish and Game was notified about the latest attack, but unless local officials ask for help, there's not much the agency can do about the wildlife population, spokesman Andrew Hughan said.

"We feel bad for the owner," he said. "We never want to see any animals get killed."

Homeowners can best protect their pets by keeping them indoors at night, as well as their food, since that attracts lions to their prey, Hughan said.

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