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Chico the Chihuahua survives owl attack in Crystal Lake

A four-pound Chihuahua named Chico survived an attack by a great horned owl — and owner George Kalomiris thinks Chico was saved by his leash and the little doggie winter jacket that Kalomiris zipped him into before taking him out for a nighttime walk in Crystal Lake last week.

Kalomiris was walking Chico early last Wednesday when the dog stopped about five feet behind him and began to whimper. He turned and tugged on the leash. But Chico wouldn’t move.

Then, without a sound, the owl swooped down and tried to take Chico, Kalomiris said Monday.

“The owl just appeared right next to him out of the darkness, came out of nowhere,” Kalomiris said.

He said the owl dragged Chico in the snow but couldn’t get a good grip because of the winter jacket Chico was wearing, Kalomiris said.

He screamed at the bird and lunged at it and, when it let go, he grabbed Chico.

“I just ran into the house with Chico in my arms,” Kalomiris said.

Chico’s head was scratched from getting dragged across the sidewalk and suffered a small puncture wound on his side.

Chico has recovered physically, but now he’s afraid to go out at night, Kalomiris said.

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