A Victoria woman’s Facebook post is warning others to protect pets and small children after saying one of her two dogs was attacked by otters at Clover Point Tuesday night.
Anne Tanner said she took her dogs out for a swim sometime around 8 p.m.
Tanner says she found a stray chair and sat in it to read a book while throwing sticks for her dogs MJ, a 90-pound black shepherd lab mix, and Scarlett, an 80-pound Bordeaux Mastiff.
“All of a sudden I heard people scream and I turned around to see two giant Sea Otters attacking our Shepard Lab about 25 ft or so off the point where I was sitting,” Tanner explained.
“One otter came 4 ft or so out of the ocean to pounce on our dog, while the other otter swam down and locked onto her leg to try to drag her under water.”
Tanner says all she could see was her dog trying to keep her head above water while yelping.
Although Tanner said she could do nothing to help, a couple were closer to the attack and began screaming and throwing driftwood toward the otters.
Tanner said MJ was able to free herself and although she got out of the water limping, she is going to be fine.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Tanner wrote as she warned residents of large otters hunting for prey at Clover Point.
“If you smell an extra pungent fishy smell (which I smelled but didn’t think anything if it), put your animals on a leash, as that’s a good sign Sea Otters are in the area!”
WARNING to Victoria residents who frequent Clover Point with their animals and small children……..Tonight around…
Posted by Anne Tanner on Tuesday, June 12, 2018