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Dog that defended California owner from mountain lion dies

June 8, 2022 GMT

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — A dog credited with defending her owner from a mountain lion attack in Northern California last month died unexpectedly on Wednesday.

The 2½-year-old Belgian Malinois named Eva started having seizures last weekend at home in Trinity County, her owner, Erin Wilson told The Sacramento Bee.

Eva was taken to the animal hospital at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, but her condition deteriorated.

“She just never woke up,” Wilson told the newspaper.

Wilson in mid-May was walking along the Trinity River with Eva a few yards ahead when a mountain lion lunged and scratched Wilson.

“I yelled ‘Eva!’ and she came running,” Wilson said in a subsequent interview. “And she hit that cat really hard.”

Eva and the mountain lion fought briefly until the cougar clamped its jaws on Eva’s head. Wilson and another woman beat the lion and finally forced it to flee by using pepper spray.

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Eva suffered skull fractures and other injuries. She was released from a veterinary clinic several days later.

Wilson on Wednesday updated a GoFundMe page she had started to raise money for veterinary bills.

“We said goodbye,” she wrote. “We love you Eva. You’re my whole world.”