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Puppy in Scottsdale foster home survives being carried away by owl

Apr 1, 2019, 5:40 PM | Updated: Apr 2, 2019, 4:48 pm
(Foothills Animal Rescue Photo)...
(Foothills Animal Rescue Photo)
(Foothills Animal Rescue Photo)

PHOENIX – A puppy in foster care for a Phoenix-area rescue organization got quite a scare last week when she apparently was carried off by an owl.

The hair-raising incident took place while 12-week-old Latte and three siblings were being watched at the north Scottsdale home of Bonnie Ziegler, a foster mom for Foothills Animal Rescue.

According to a press release from the Scottsdale-based rescue group, the four fur babies when outside and around the side the house for a potty break Friday morning, but only three returned.

“I didn’t hear a sound, and the other puppies didn’t bark. It was as if she just vanished,” Ziegler said in the release.

“We immediately started searching and soon our neighbors joined in.”

About 12 hours later, a neighbor learned that some golfers found a puppy at the Troon North Golf Club.

It was Latte, who was dehydrated and weak when she was found under a tree near the 16th hole.

She didn’t have any broken bones, but her head had puncture wounds that were likely caused by an owl’s talons.

The good news is that Foothills Animal Rescue already has a forever home lined up for Latte, who was in good spirits and will remain in foster care for a few more weeks.

The bad news is her veterinary costs are expected to be around $4,500. Donations can be made to Foothills Animal Rescue at the nonprofit shelter’s website or as part of Arizona Gives Day, which is Tuesday.

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