Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Victoria Dog Survives Unexpected Underwater Confrontation with River Otters

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Victoria Dog Survives Unexpected Underwater Confrontation with River Otters

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Victoria dog fights watery battle with river otter

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VICTORIA - A veterinary hospital on Vancouver Island is warning owners of water-loving dogs to keep their pets on a short leash if otters are nearby.

A Facebook post from the Kindred Spirits Veterinary hospital in Victoria says vet Claudia Campbell's golden retriever, Goldie, was with a dog walker on a popular Victoria beach on Tuesday.

The post says the nearly 30-kilogram dog bounded into the water to play and was quickly attracted to something swimming nearby.

It turned out the swimmers were actually three river otters and they turned on Goldie, pulling her underwater.

By the time the dog walker could intervene, the Facebook post says the dog's nose was barely showing above the water as the otters continued to drag and bite at her. …

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