Blind, deaf dog survives being snatched by hawk, owner says

WHITEHALL, Pa. (WTAE/CNN) – A Pennsylvania pet owner was horrified when she said a hawk scooped up her blind and deaf toy poodle.

A Pennsylvania pet owner said her toy poodle was taken by a hawk, but was found 28 hours later. (Source: WTAE/Hearst/CNN)

Deborah Falcione calls her little clan of dogs her life. But she said after what happened Thursday, she wasn’t sure if she’d see her 16-year-old dog Porschia again.

"All I can do is thank God for the miracle, because I don't know how else this dog could have survived," she said.

Falcione said Porschia was scooped up from her deck by a hawk and carried off Thursday morning.

After hours of searching, Falcione started to lose hope, especially after temperatures dropped well below freezing overnight.

But on Friday afternoon, she got a call from a veterinary clinic saying they had Porschia.

"I said, ‘That's impossible.’ She could not have survived 28 hours in the bitter cold weather, in 10-degree weather,” Falcione said. “This is a six-and-a-half-pound dog. She's blind, she's deaf, she's 16 years old. I went down there, and sure enough, this is the dog."

Porschia had been found by a neighbor after apparently being dropped by the hawk nearly four blocks away from her home.

Falcione said the veterinarian had Porschia in a heating tank. She was very lethargic, but she had no broken bones and is otherwise OK.

Falcione said Porschia may be a tiny dog, but she has a strong will to live.

"How she got away, I have no idea,” she said. “How she survived it, I will never know. But I know one thing: By the grace of God, this dog is still alive."

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