Warning after senior dog killed by otters

Florida couple devastated – otters killed their beloved senior dog

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A couple in St. Petersburg, Florida, is devastated by the unexpected loss of their senior dog, who was killed by otters on Easter morning. According to NBCi 4 News, Marilyn and Jack Frieman have lived in their home overlooking Boca Ciega Bay for decades, but Sunday morning’s incident was unlike anything they have encountered before.

Bucky, a 13-year-old Papillon, was attacked by otters who had crawled into the backyard – the Frieman’s grandson witnessed the attack and ran for help, but it was too late. Bucky was rushed to an emergency veterinarian but the damage from the attack was so severe that he died.

Dog killed by otters

Jack told the news agency, “It’s been shattering for me. Every time I think if it, I start crying.” And he has a warning for other pet owners who live in the area, “I think that people should watch out for their pets, in fact, every time I see somebody with their dog, I ask ’em, ‘if you live on the water, please look out for that.”

Though people may not think that otters are animals to be feared, just last month a 77-year-old woman was attacked by one while kayaking on the Braden River in Florida. The woman suffered injuries on her arm, face and ear and her kayak flipped over while she tried to fight the wild creature off. As reported by USA Today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had heard of several otter attacks in the same period of time. However, a kayak guide reported that otter attacks, in general, are quite rare.

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9 replies
  1. Barbara Garabedian says:

    Sick bastard why did u do this u assholes cppops u killed an innocent ???? doggie u need to kill yourselves poor doggie ???? there is no reason for this awful killing I hope all of you get punished & maximum sentence or to be killed yourselves evil cops bg

  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    WoW I never Really thought of an otter as a predator before!!! We have foxes and coyotes in around our subdivision and we have a creek that runs thru the area… this is just unbelievable … I feel so sorry for the family… What a terrible way to lose your beloved pet…

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    I honestly never heard of otters being vicious. My heart goes out to this family, I can’t imagine the horror! Rest in peace Bucky and Marilyn and Jack Frieman may you somehow find peace.

  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    Mr. & Mrs. Frieman are warning others about supervising animals when outside, too bad they didn’t follow their own advise since apparently they were not watching Bucky when he was attacked. Yes, this is a tragedy and I do feel for them but mostly I feel for Bucky who was the innocent victim.


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