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Grand Forks man saves family dog from cougar attack

Red, the family dog, received approximately 20 stitches to address puncture wounds to the back, neck, chest, and legs. — Facebook photo

Quick action by a Grand Forks man most likely saved family dog from severe injury following a cougar attack in the Boundary region earlier this month.

Reports from mainstream media said Ian Orser, a plumber from Grand Forks, was working at a residence near Christina Lake when he and his daughter heard a commotion.

Megan ran down the driveway of the residence to see a cougar dragging the family dog, Red, a nine-year-old Shepard cross by the head across the road.

Orser quickly rushed the defended Red, kicking the cougar in the head several times before cat let go.

After securing Red’s safety, Orser grabbed a stick and beat the ground while looking as big as he could.

The cougar then strolled away while the Orsers loaded the animals in the truck and raced to find a vet in town.

Red needed approximately 20 stitches to address puncture wounds to the back, neck, chest, and legs.

Orser said the cougar was euthanized by the BC Conservation Officers Service because the animal posed a risk to the public.