Chihuahua Survives Owl Attack in Suburban Chicago

In this photo taken Jan. 13, 2011 and provided by the Kalomiris family, Chico, a 4-pound Chihuahua with a puncture wound on its side, early last Wednesday morning after the dog was attacked by a great horned owl late Tuesday while out on a walk with owner George Kalomiris in Cryatal Lake, Ill. (AP Photo/Kalomiris family photo)

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By Kelli Sutterman

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — An owl attack has left a 4-pound Chihuahua with a healthy fear of the dark.

The attack happened when Chico the Chihuahua was out for a walk with his owner George Kalomiris in the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake last week. Kalomiris says they were walking down the street when a great horned owl swooped down and tried to fly away with the 3-year-old dog.

Kalomiris says he kept a firm grip on Chico's leash as the bird dragged the dog across the sidewalk, and he managed to scare the owl away.

Chico was treated for a puncture wound caused by the owl's talons, and his owner says he's still traumatized. Kalomiris says the dog now refuses to go outside at night.

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