- Associated Press - Friday, May 26, 2017

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A dog has lost his right eye after an attack by a Canada goose in Indiana.

The South Bend Tribune (https://bit.ly/2qWSOcx ) reported that a purebred Mi-Ki named Rocky was attacked Wednesday in South Bend while on an early morning walk with owner Irma Rice. He spent the night at Roseland Animal Clinic.

Rice said she’s frequently seen geese during their walks along Riverside Drive and they’d never been an issue before.

“He was on top of Rocky before I could even do anything,” she said. “The only thing that saved him is I had him on a leash and I threw him up in the air to get him away from the goose, and the goose was even coming up after us. The vet did say that goose meant to kill.”

Garry Harrington is the director of South Bend’s Rum Village Nature Center. He says goose attacks are very rare and this is the first one he’s seen during his 23 years at the center.

“This is the time of year that moms and dads are protective because they have their goslings,” Harrington said. “It can make them much more aggressive than they normally would be.”

The city is working on a natural resources management plan to create buffers along riverbanks to deter geese from walking onto land, Harrington said.

Rice doesn’t want the city to do anything to the geese, but she wants people to be aware of the potential threat.

“I’m just scared for anyone else that walks through here with a little dog or a child,” she said. “You can’t get away from them fast enough if they decide to come at you like this did.”


Information from: South Bend Tribune, https://www.southbendtribune.com

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