Family’s small dog fatally attacked by hawk

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In Wichita, Kansas, the unthinkable happened to the Nicks’ family dog this week. On Tuesday morning, the Chihuahua named Ciary, went outside for her potty break when she was fatally attacked by a hawk.

According to KakeNews, the tragic events unfolded quickly.

“There was a trail of blood leading into the house. She ran to her bed. My fiance looked at her and said oh my god. She had been split open,” stated Rodney Nicks.

They rushed Ciary to the veterinarian, but it was too late. Her injuries were fatal. Talon marks on the dog indicated she had been plucked up into the air, but some how managed to escape and fallen to the ground.

It is believed recent flooding have caused the hawks and other birds of prey to search for food inland. Ciary was so small she looked like a rabbit – most likely why the hawk attacked.

Another warning for pet owners – don’t leave your dogs outside by themselves.

(Photo: screenshot via KakeNews)

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3 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    My condolences to Ciary’s family. How absolutely horrible to lose your beloved furbaby…….

    Precious little treasure Ciary, I am absolutely heartbroken for your trauma & death. Makes me sick inside to think of this precious furbaby suffering……
    Precious little treasure please look for MacKitty in Heaven and he will welcome you into his snuggle buddies group. You can RIP amongst his loving friends……..

    One should NEVER leave furbabies outside alone. Terrible things can happen very quickly……. ALWAYS supervise tiny (10 pounds or under) whenever they are outside (either on a short (~3’ or 4’) leash or in a roofed metal pet pen).

    We have actually had hawks sit on the roof of our 2’ tall metal pet pen trying to get to the chihuahuas inside of it. (It took me armed with a metal baseball bat and a garden hose “on full blast” to get the hawk to leave & then s/he circled our yard for over 1.5 hours whilst I sat on the ground next to the pet pen trying to keep the chihuahuas calm)……. I had thought the dogs would be safe in the roofed pen whilst I did yard work in our orchard……

    In our area we have coyotes and racoons in our neighborhood who will commonly snatch pets. In addition, we have large birds of prey (eagles and hawks) who migrate 2/year. Dogs and cats are not accustomed to “surveying the skies” and are often “snatched as a “free meal””…… to a large bird of prey, a dog or cat is “x pounds of easy food”, not a “treasured family member”……. Awful to think about, but it happens so frequently in our area…..

    Pet parents MUST protect furbabies from aerial predators, land predators AND, most dangerous: human predators……. Scary world we live in…….


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