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Hinsdale police warn of large birds attacking small dogs

'The Birds' 1963  Alfred Hitchcock film. PICTURED: Tippi Hedr(center)

"The Birds" 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film. PICTURED: Tippi Hedrin (center)

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Updated: May 8, 2012 8:06AM

Police in Hinsdale are warning dog owners about the threat of bird attacks after two reports of large birds — possibly hawks — attacking small dogs in the past month.

In one case, police said, the bird severely injured the dog. Both dogs that were attacked weighed less than 20 pounds.

The Willowbrook Wildlife Center recommended keeping small pets (cats, rabbits, small dogs) indoors and not allowing them to run free at any time.

When walking a dog, keep it on a short leash, the center said. And pet owners should keep an umbrella or coat available to make yourself appear larger if needed to scare away other animals, the center said.

The center also advised not leave pet food outside because it will attract other animals.

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