PESCADERO, California — The dog never stood a chance.
A hungry mountain lion sneaked into a sleeping northern California family’s home and walked off with their 15-pound pooch which had leapt to their defense.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s office said a woman and her child were awoken early Monday by their dog, a Portuguese podengo, barking aggressively at the foot of the bed in the master bedroom in Pescadero, a rural, coastal town.
The mother told police she then saw “the shadow of an animal enter the room, take the small dog from the bed and then walk out,” through the open French doors that led out into their backyard.
The couple grabbed flashlights and ran out to search for their dog, but came up empty, except for finding a series of large, wet paw prints at the bedroom door.
The couple called 911 and deputies also spotted the paw prints which appeared likely to belong to a mountain lion, the sheriff’s office said. Police said the episode underscores the importance of locking your doors and windows at night.