Doggy Coat Saves Chihuahua from Owl Attack

6:37 PM, Jan 18, 2011   |    comments
  • Chico the Chihuahua survived an owl attack with only a few bruises and scrapes. (NBC)
  • Chico's owners credit this doggy coat with protecting their pup. (NBC)
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CRYSTAL LAKE, IL -- Those cutsie clothes some people put on their pups aren't just fashion statements. A pint-sized coat may as well have been a life vest for a Chihuahua who survived an owl attack in Illinois.

George Kalomiris said he was taking 3-year-old Chico for a walk in Crystal Lake last week when a great horned owl swooped down and tried to pick up the dog.

"Good thing I had a hold of the leash," Kalomiris said. The owl dragged Chico and tried to lift him off the ground, but he was protected by a doggy coat from Kalomiris' wife.

"Thank God he had the coat," Kalomiris said. "Otherwise he might have been hurt."

Chico suffered only a couple of bruises and scratches.

(NBC Chicago contributed to this report.)

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