Last month, a violent dogfight broke out on a California beach — ten vicious poodles attacked a 13-year-old corgi and her owner, one report says.
Kathrin Burleson was walking her corgi Emma with a friend on Oct. 29 on Trinidad State Beach when the pack of standard poodles jumped out of a nearby car and sprinted toward them, according to the Mad River Union newspaper.
Burleson saw the dogs from about 50 feet away and tried to pick Emma up, but her little dog was so scared she squirmed out of her harness.
The two were quickly plowed over by the wacky pack of poodles.
“Then they ambushed us,” Burleson told the newspaper. “We were at the end of a pack of 10 snarling, biting dogs.”
“I thought Emma and I were going to be killed,” she said, noting that she was trying to protect the elderly dog, who is loved across the community for working as a service animal at a local hospital.
As she tried to fend off the poodle pack, Burleson felt her finger be bitten. She was stunned when she realized it was the poodles’ owner who had allegedly bitten his finger, the newspaper said.
“It was one of the most bizarre experiences of my life when I looked up and saw it was a person biting me. I yelled for me to stop and he did,” Burleson told the paper. The other owner apparently later told her he thought he was going to bite one of his dogs.
Another woman, who has not been identified, quickly became a hero as she pulled Emma out of the chaos.
“She became an angel in that moment,” Burleson said. “It was a miracle. As she picked Emma up, the dogs jumped and tore at her flesh and fur.”
After the fight ended, Emma was taken to the Sunny Brae Animal Hospital in Arcata, where her serious wounds were treated.
The bizarre incident was first reported by a neighbor, Ted Pease, on social media site Nextdoor.
“The lacerations and stab wounds from the poodle attack are large and deep. Emma is still fighting for her life and is not out of the woods yet. We have photos of her injuries but they are too horrible to include here,” Pease wrote.
Emma is slowly recovering, Burleson told the newspaper. The Corgi is well known throughout the community, having worked as a service animal at Mad River Community Hospital prior to the pandemic.
According to Pease’s Nextdoor post, this wasn’t the first time poodles have attacked other dogs.
“This is a warning to those who see a car full of blurred poodle faces,” Pease wrote. “They are cute but can be very aggressive (and how humane is it to load eight or more dogs into such a small vehicle?). As Emma’s attack demonstrated, these dogs can be dangerous to other dogs, people or, God forbid, children.”