LA VERNE, Calif. — Pati Behrens credits her 12-year-old collie named Saber for saving her life. On Wednesday morning, a bear broke into her garage and tried going inside her home in La Verne, California.
“I heard the bikes and then I heard the scratching on the door too,” Behrens said.
She initially thought it was someone trying to break in, but quickly realized it was a bear looking for food. What she didn’t know was that her dog was in the garage.
Behrens said she never heard Saber bark or cry out. “His silence and not barking and just taking the attack himself so that I wouldn’t be harmed in any way,” said Behrens.
She said if she had heard Saber barking she would have run to help. Police later found the dog severely wounded.
“They took the 12-year-old collie to a local animal hospital where veterinarians determined that the injuries were consistent from a bear attack and he later succumbed to his injuries,” said Hollie Savage of the La Verne Police Department.
Behrens said residents in her neighborhood are no strangers to wildlife. Normally, bears are harmless and run away at the sight of humans or other animals.