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.)