"PHOENIX -- It's not unusual for a small dog or cat to be taken by a wild animal, such as a coyote, in the Valley; however, one Ahwatukee family's pet was nearly carried off by an owl.
Lucy, the Cocanour family's Maltese and Yorkshire terrier mix, was playing in the yard nearly two weeks ago when Becky Cocanour heard a "horrible shrieking." The family ran to the dog's aid.
"I realized she had tears on both sides of her -- punctures -- torn, ripped about an inch and a half," Dave Cocanour said.
Dave Cocanour, is a wildlife biologist, and he said he quickly realized Lucy's wounds were the work of a great horned owl."