Mountain lion snatches, kills leashed Chihuahua mix on a walk in Hollywood Hills


A mountain lion tracked by the National Park Service is back in the spotlight after the service says it’s likely to blame for killing a leashed dog in California’s Hollywood Hills, reports say.

Security camera footage released by local outlet KTLA showed the mountain lion walking through a residential neighborhood and pouncing on a blue merle-Chihuahua mix named Piper. The attack happened Friday while a dog walker was on a stroll with the dog, the Los Angles Times reported.

Piper was one of two leashed dogs being walked by an unidentified dog walker, according to KTLA.

This handout photo courtesy of the National Park Service and taken on March 21, 2016 shows the city of Los Angeles visible in the background behind an unidentified mountain lion in the Verdugos Mountains.

Daniel Jimenez, Piper’s owner, told the outlet he was out celebrating his daughter’s birthday on the night Piper was killed.

He recalled receiving a bizarre text from the dog walker that said a mountain lion “attacked and took away your dog”

“We thought it was a joke, but it turned out it was real and we were just shocked,” Jimenez told the outlet. “My wife and I got Piper in 2014. We rescued her and she was just the sweetest dog. We’re just devastated at the loss of our little dog.”


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