A mountain lion entered a California family’s home in the middle of the night and snatched their dog as they slept just feet away.
Fought and her daughter Catalina Pesso, 12, from Pescadero, were sleeping in a bedroom with the small pet Lenore at the end of the bed.
Ms Fought was suddenly woken by Lenore barking.
The woman then noticed a bigger animal had walked into the room but she assumed it to be their larger dog Leo.
When the barking stopped Ms Fought thought Lenore had recognized Leo. That was until she saw a mountain lion escaping out the back door.
She told NBC: ‘As soon as I saw it walk out, I thought, “That’s a lion.” It was shocking.’
Ms Fought went to investigate and found large wet paw prints leading to the house. There were also blood stains which she believe came from her pet.
Lenore, a 15lb Portuguese Podengo, has not been seen since the incident in the early hours of Monday morning.
The family live in the hills near Pescadero where mountain lion sightings are common.
But Ms Fought and her daughter are astonished that a mountain lion could have been so bold.
‘It’s hard to fathom,’ she said. ‘It’s beyond what we thought.’
A state wildlife warden was called to the property on Monday but could not find any evidence of a lion near the property other than the blood marks in the bedroom.
Without the dog’s carcass, however, it will be difficult to track down the predator and the warden is not planning on putting out traps. Neighbors have been warned to be especially wary of mountain lions after one displayed such boldness.