Mountain lion sneaks into California home and snatches pet dog

A mountain lion may have gotten away with a dog from the bedroom of a home in the unincorporated San Mateo County community of Pescadero

A San Francisco Bay Area family is mourning the loss of their dog after authorities say a mountain lion came into their home and snatched the 15-lb. The animal snatched the dog from the end of the bed and walked out, sheriff's officials said.

The animal then took the small dog from the foot of her bed and walked out, he said.

The woman and her child were sleeping in her bedroom at about 3 a.m., when her 15-pound Portuguese Podengo, which was just feet away from them, suddenly started barking aggressively, according to Det.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office warned residents to keep pets indoors, and make sure all doors and windows are securely locked.

Fought and her daughter Catalina Pesso still have a hard time believing a mountain lion could be so bold.

This bedroom has French doors that were partially left open to let their dog out. Her daughter says she knew something was wrong because of the smaller dog's bark. More mountain lion safety tips can be found here.

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"I heard my little dog bark and it wasn't a bark that I've heard her do before", said Pesso. "We had one open a few inches or so, I don't know, maybe six or eight inches wide", Fought explained. The dog's carcass has not been found, but bloodstains were found near the door - the lone signs of an intruder, Fought told CBS. The family said it worries that the mountain lion could return. But Fought never expected a mountain lion to walk into their house.

When police arrived on scene, they discovered paw prints resembling those of a mountain lion, and notified the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Deputies were called to a home in the 800 block of Native Sons Road, about a half-mile south of Pescadero Creek Road, for a report of the mountain lion encounter.

"They are very shaken up about what happened", Det.

She did say that other residents have encountered the big cats indirectly through stealthy attacks on their livestock, but even that is seldom.

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