Beagle recovers from bear attack

May 15, 2009 8:44:44 AM PDT
In a bear-versus-beagle spat, a Pocono Mountain pet was a lucky dog. Susan Chappell says she let 6-year-old Heather out the door in Pocono Lake about 6 a.m. Wednesday, and heard a sudden commotion. Heather was barking at two bear cubs that had climbed up trees when a mother bear came out from under the porch and attacked.

Chappell says she and her 16-year-old daughter Emily rushed the bear, screaming and yelling, and Emily shoved it as they scooped Heather up and ran inside.

After emergency surgery for bad bites on the rear and abdomen, veterinarian Nichole Danova says Heather is recovering.

Susan Chappell says its a reminder that bears frequent wooded eastern Pennsylvania, and "Even though the Poconos are getting more populated, this was their home first."

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Information from: The Citizens' Voice

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