Bear that attacked dog in Agawam still not found; dog required surgery

Hampden County

Pet owners are very concerned after a bear mauled a dog in Agawam Tuesday.

The Stevens family thought their 6-year-old English Springer Spaniel “Brownie” was safe behind their backyard fence.

However, a bear climbed over the fence, wounding Brownie seriously enough to require surgery.

Next door neighbor Christina Richard told 22News, her mom saw the whole thing, “She saw a bear coming over the fence and the dog was hurt. She came inside all panicked, she was barking like crazy.”

The recent Agawam high school graduate told 22News, it’s the third time she can remember seeing a bear roaming her neighborhood.

Neighbor Robert Kerner feels Tuesday’s incident should put pet owner’s on alert that anything’s possible.

“If they’ve got fenced yards they should still be vigilant. I understand that the dog attacked yesterday was in a fenced yard, that tells you what can happen,” said Kerner.

Brownie survived the bear attack and was brought to a Connecticut veterinary hospital for Surgery Tuesday night.

Environmental Police were unable to find the bear, and Agawam residents are advised to take in their bird feeders and tightly cover their trash cans.

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