Canadian Dog Bear Attack

A family dog is being hailed a hero after she clashed with a full-grown black bear in Winnipeg, Canada earlier this week.

Sandi Cross says 13-year-old “Sassy” likely saved her life early Tuesday morning outside the family cottage.

“I truly believe that if Sassy hadn’t gone out when she did … the bear would have attacked me when I went out,” Cross said. “She’s my little hero.”

Cross was getting ready to leave the cottage around 6 a.m., when Sassy, a pound mutt, wanted to go outside.

“She took off across the deck … then all of a sudden turned around and was coming back in,” Cross said.

Moments later, Cross was horrified to see a large black bear attacking her dog.

“The bear dragged Sassy … further away from the door, so then I could come out,” Cross said. “I was screaming and yelling and I thought that would scare the bear.”

But the bear didn’t let go.

“I thought Sassy was being killed. I thought she was just going to be ripped to shreds,” she said.

Eventually Cross, her husband and son were able to scare the bear off and Sassy managed to get inside.

Sassy suffered deep wounds to her neck and is taking antibiotics and painkillers at home.

“At this point, we don’t want to put her through the whole major surgery and anesthetic … We think that’s hard on her and extremely expensive,” Cross said.

Story by Elaine Furst for Dog Files