This 16-year-old dog may be blind and deaf, but she still managed to survive being carried off by a hawk last week.
Porschia the toy poodle was snatched up by the bird-of-prey as she was sitting on her porch in Whitehall, Pennsylvania.
Porschia’s owner, Deborah Falcione, was frantic with worry over her dog’s disappearance. She spent hours searching the surrounding area—but to no avail. When the evening temperatures fell below freezing, she feared the worst.
Just 28 hours after Porschia was dognapped, however, Falcione was shocked to receive a call from the local veterinary clinic saying they had the senior pup in their care.
“I said, ‘That’s impossible.’ She could not have survived 28 hours in the bitter cold weather, in 10-degree weather,” Falcione told reporters in the interview below. “This is a 6-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.”
As it turns out, a neighbor had found Porschia after the hawk had dropped her into a nearby yard just four blocks away from Falcione’s house. Although the disabled dog was relatively lethargic in the clinic’s heating tank following her harrowing ordeal, she was in surprisingly good health.
“How she got away, I have no idea,” said Falcione. “How she survived it, I will never know. But I know one thing: By the grace of God, this dog is still alive.”