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Blind and deaf dog scooped up by hawk; found 28 hours later

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 14:21:51-05

ALLEGHENY, PENNSYLVANIA  — A Pennsylvania dog owner says a hawk scooped up her blind and deaf toy poodle before being found 28 hours later.

Deborah Falcione was horrified when her 16-year-old dog Porshia was taken by a hawk while on the back deck of her home in Allegheny County.

"All I can do is thank God for the miracle because I don't know how else this dog could have survived," she said.

Falcione says she was starting to lose hope after hours of searching, especially as temperatures dropped well below freezing.

Nearly 28 hours later, Banfield Animal Hospital called and told her Porshia was found.

"I said, 'That's impossible!' She could not have survived 28 hours out in the bitter cold weather, in 10-degree weather. This is a six-and-a-half pound dog. She's blind. She's deaf. She's 16 years old. I went down there and sure enough, this is the dog," she said.

The pup was dropped by the hawk four blocks away and found by a neighbor.

"How she got away, I'll have no idea. How she survived it, I will never know. But I know one thing, by the grace of God this dog is still alive," Falcione said.

Falcione said the vet put her in a heating tank but the dog had no broken bones and is otherwise OK.