Erin Wilson, 24, was attacked by a big cat while out for a walk before her heroic Belgian Malinois Eva jumped to her rescue and was seriously injured
A woman was saved from being mauled to death by a vicious mountain lion when her heroic dog fought back.
Erin Wilson was on an afternoon stroll along a river in Northern California to relax when the predator suddenly charged and swiped at her shoulder.
In desperation, she called for help from her dog, which leapt into battle.
The big cat grabbed the Belgian Malinois with its jaws, so Erin went to help, but was caught by its hind paws.
Desperate, she ran back to her truck and found a tire lever before hailing help from a passing motorist before returning to her dog, who was being pulled off the rail.
Together they attacked the cat, which Eva finally let go of and ran away.
Thanks to her dog, Erin only suffered a few scratches and bruises.
That’s what the 24-year-old said Sacramento Bee : “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to be as amazing and loyal as she is to me.
“She hit that cat really hard. They fought for a few seconds and then I heard her start to cry. Then the cat clung to her skull.
“At first I was like, ‘Wow, she’s fine,’ but when I took a closer look at her, I noticed that she had a few stab wounds on her face.
“She just had a lot of blood coming out of her mouth.”
After rescuing her dog, she raced to an emergency vet in a nearby town.
Vets are now working to make sure her brain doesn’t bleed
She started one go fund me Page to help pay the bill which has so far received more than £20,000 of the required £7,000.
An update on the site read: “On May 16th, I was attacked by a mountain lion at the White Bar picnic area. It lashed out at me and scratched my left shoulder.
“I called my dog Eva for help. She was only a few meters in front of me and attacked the lion. They fought for a few moments until I heard them cry.
“Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we are able to pay Eva’s medical bills.
“All additional funds go towards her aftercare, some very solid pampering programs, ensuring her safety and quality of life, my medical bills and some charities of our choosing.
“We look at Malinois rescues, big cat rescues and predator management groups. Please feel free to recommend any worthy charities.
“We’ll visit her in a few hours when the vet gets here in the morning.”
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