News item: Owl swoops toward dog and returns seconds later to attack the dog’s owner this week in Medfield, Mass. The dog is OK and its owner is nursing minor head wounds.
Reaction: Large birds of prey can be territorial, especially during fall/winter nesting seasons. They might also perceive small dogs as prey.
The incident, which was not captured on video, is reminiscent of a 2022 bald eagle attack on a Yorkie in broad daylight in British Columbia.
That extraordinary scene, which includes frantic yelps and a nearly successful porch theft of the Yorkie, was caught on video. The footage is posted below and might serve as a reminder to keep small pets close at all times.