A third local dog attacked by bird of prey

A close call for Charlot the nine pound Maltese, the third dog in the region to be attacked by a bird of prey in recent weeks.

Charlot's owner tells the Acadie-Nouvelle her pooch may not have survived the attack, that happened at their residence in Bathurst, had her husband not hit the bird, believed to be a Grand Duke owl.

Roger Guitard, an amateur ornithologist from Pointe-Verte, says Grand Dukes are extremely territorial and have been known to attack domestic animals and even people who stray too close to their nests.

Pet-owners are being urged to keep an eye on their furry friends, though Guitars says these kinds of attacks are quite rare.

The two other dogs attacked by birds of prey in recent weeks include a shih-tzu/poodle mix and a bichon frise, both from the Beresford area.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)